Then it started...Hughes began writing poetry. After graduating from high school, he spent a year in Mexico followed by a year at Columbia University in New York City. During this time, he held part time jobs such as assistant cook, launderer, and busboy.
Langston did a bunch of moving. In November 1924, he moved to Washington, D. C. Hughes’s first book of poetry, The Weary Blues was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1926. He decided that he had taken enough college and completed his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania three years later. In 1930 his first novel, Not Without Laughter, (Knopf, 1930) won the Harmon gold medal for literature.