William T. Langford IV

Spoken Word Artist

Author's Bio

William T. Langford IV, AKA Will “The Poet” Langford, is a community-engaged teaching artist and Fulbright ETA Alumnus (Kenya). He divides his energy between education and community development projects in Michigan, the U.S, and East Africa—alongside the Children & Youth Empowerment Center in Nyeri, Kenya. Will is also a visual artist—drawing inspiration from Detroit’s vibrant community of mural artists.  

Will Langford is the 2017 Motown Mic Spoken Word Artist of the Year. As a performance artist, Langford’s poetry has garnered “Best of Show” in the American Advertising Awards, a Michigan Emmy Award, and the 2021 Mark Ritzenhein Emerging Poet Award, sponsored by the Lansing Poetry Club.

Langford’s art has appeared in or is forthcoming from: The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook, Ilanot Review, Work/6, Falling Hard, 2 Bridges Review, and Finishing Line Press—home to Langford's first chapbook, "Detroit: Workers, Teachers, Lovers" (June 2022). 

Publications & Prizes

Michigan State University (2019)
Michigan State University (2018)
Michigan State University (2015)
Michigan State University (2013)
Wells Hall at Michigan State University (2010)
Prizes won: 

Ritzenhein Emerging Poet Award (2021)

American Advertising Awards: Best In Show- "Pamoja" (2019)

Motown Mic: Spoken Word Artist of the Year (2017)

Winner: Detroit Jazz Festival Rhythm Roots & Rhyme Poetry Slam (2010)

Ambrose Patullo Poetry Prize- Michigan State University (2009)


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Langston Hughes Claude McKay Adrienne Rich Jamaal May
What I'm reading now: 
We Want to Do More Than Survive by Bettina L. Love

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Born in: 
Detroit, MI
Raised in: 
Detroit, MI
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Last update: Mar 01, 2022