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First show as Poet Laureate of Charleston, SC

I was just named Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate

!!!!! Ironically, words aren’t coming to me right now. I’ll just share the good news with you …. Official press release is below. Also check out the story from the Post and Courier. For Release: June 22, 2016 AMAKER NAMED POET LAUREATE OF THE CITY OF CHARLESTON Charleston, S.C.—Mayor John Tecklenburg announced the appointment of Marcus […]

Videography for Distil Union

Here’s another example of the universe working its magic: two months ago, I was invited to a luncheon for the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. At that luncheon, CML showed one of the videos I did for them on a big projector. After the luncheon, I took a walk down King Street and ran into […]

Marjory and I, featured on PBS Newshour

More blessings came my way earlier this month, when PBS came into town to talk to Marjory Wentworth and I about the healing power of poetry and its impact on our community after the massacre at Mother Emanuel. The crew filmed me at Hampton Park, near the Demark Vessey Statue. I read two poems, “Black […]

The Prince tribute show

Words can’t express how FUNKAY the Prince tribute show was, at the Charleston Music Hall. Man. The Hall was sold out! I’ve never seen a crowd like that before: an extra diverse group of purple power was in the building. And everyone was dancing. The band ripped through the setlist. Here’s what we played ::: […]

Life as a DJ

Thanks to Pam of the Soul Preservation Society, I’ve been able to do what I love the most: spin vinyl for people at parties and events. Yes, we spin vinyl. It would be so much easier to do it digitally, but we are old school. Plus, hauling around crates of vinyl around town is some […]

This Should Be a Podcast – Episode 50

The fine folks of This Should Be a Podcast – Andrew Sprague, Ryan Wilcox and Liz Segrist – interviewed me about art, poetry and my hatred of Seinfeld. I love this podcast – it’s super funny and relaxed. Check it out below, and also check out my wife on an earlier episode, as well! My podcast […]

War & Drink Podcast with Matt Megrue

Good friend and fellow musician Matt Megrue has a great new podcast called War & Drink. I was a guest of the first episode. Good times, man. Listen below and check out the other podcasts here.

365 days of love.

One year ago today, I married Jordan. Fellas, to get the scoop on how to find eternal bliss, follow these steps ~ step 1: open your eyes and realize you are already friends with the woman of your dreams. step 2: finally ask her out on a date. goes to @moes crosstown. step 3: write […]

Second annual OHM Sweet Corn Cook off

My life changed when Vikki Matsis came to me a few years ago and asked me to do the branding for OHM Radio. I did the logo and website for it, and I also do a show every Monday and Thursday. 78.3% of my shows are dedicated to Prince (of course). A great side effect […]