A native son of Detroit, Will Langford is a poet, educator, and Fulbright Scholar who has worked extensively in East Africa. Will continues his work with rural Kenyan communities and serves on the Board of the Zawadi Fund International nonprofit organization, which helps rehabilitate former street children. 

Will's writing has appeared as required reading at Harvard University and has also garnered four Emmy Awards, a Golden American Advertising Award, and The Richard Lee Featherstone Prize. 

Will is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he founded the MSU Slam Poetry Team and is also a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. 

Will is an insideOut Citywide Poets alum whose poetry and reviews have appeared in/are forthcoming from PANK Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books, TIME Magazine Online, The Detroit Metro Times, and 2 Bridges Review.  

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United States Fulbright Scholar- Sub-Saharan Africa

​Winner- Detroit Jazz Festival Rhythm, Roots, and Rhyme Poetry Slam

​Most Outstanding Senior (Richard Lee Featherstone Prize)- Michigan State University

​Ambrose Patullo Poetry Prize- Michigan State University

Eli Broad Scholar

​Michigan Youth Arts Festival Merit Award for Poetry

​Scholastic Gold Key Award for Poetry