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“Simply put, he is the Renaissance man of Charleston” – Art Mag.

The hard questions.

Q. What is your favorite Prince album?
A. Sign ‘O’ The Times is probably his best album. But I also love LotusFlow3r. And The Love Symbol Album. And Lovesexy. And …

Q. What is your favorite Star Wars movie?
A. Return of the Jedi is so good. That hallway scene with Darth Vader and Luke? When Darth admits “It’s too late for me, son.” GIVES ME CHILLS. But, still. I love Empire Strikes Back. And The Force Awakens. And Revenge of the Sith. And …

Q. Who is your favorite artist?
A. JONI MITCHELL. The best painter and songwriter of all time.

Q. What is the best television show of all time?

Q. Name a few things that you can’t resist …
A. Doughnuts. Good headphones. Drum machines. Journals. Vinyl. Doughnuts. The Golden Girls. The San Antonio Spurs. Biking. Doughnuts.

Q. What are you most passionate about?
A. My music. I also love leading poetry workshops for kids. Honestly, though, the high I receive from creating music is unmatched.

Q. Name three things that you’d like to get rid of.
A. 1) Injustice. 2) Our addiction to social media. 3) Seinfeld.

photo by jb mccabe

When I grow up, I want to be a rock star like Prince. – (me, at 10 years old.)

The bio

Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first Poet Laureate.

When he was 10, he wrote “When I grow up, I want to be a rock star like Prince.” Since then, his love for the purple one inspired him to pursue art in all of its forms.

He’s a well-known graphic/web designer and videographer, producing award-winning work for many local nonprofits and organizations. He’s also the lead graphic designer for the national music magazine, No Depression.

In 2016, Marcus was named Charleston, South Carolina’s first Poet Laureate, as appointed by Mayor John Tecklenburg. His seventh book, Mantra, is also an app, featuring audio, video and new poems. Marcus’ poems have been featured on TEDx, PBS Newshour, A&E, the Huffington Post, several journals and poetry collections.

In 2017, He was named one of Charleston’s 50 Most Influential people by Charleston Business Magazine.

As a musician, he’s recorded more than 15 albums, including a poetry and jazz album with Grammy-nominated drummer Quentin E. Baxter. No matter how old he gets, Marcus’ most famous song will be “Big Butt,” written when he was 10 years old.

Marcus graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He worked in newspapers for 12 years. During that time, he was the editor of the Post and Courier’s Charleston Scene entertainment section.

But, most importantly, he still loves Prince (RIP) and is obsessed with Star Wars.

photo by jonathan boncek