Marcus Amaker takes daily naps. He’s a dad, husband, Charleston’s first Poet Laureate, an opera writer, and an Academy of American Poets fellow. In 2024, he was inducted into the S.C. Literary Hall of Fame. He’s published ten books, released 43 albums of electronic music and three albums with a two-time Grammy Award winner. He’s also the graphic designer of the national bluegrass music journal, No Depression. His poetry has been recognized by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Washington Post, PBS Newshour, NPR, Button Poetry, American Poets Magazine, The Kennedy Center, and more. His re-written version of My Country Tis of Thee was used by the Washington National Opera for President Biden’s inauguration in 2021.

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SC Literary Hall of Fame!

I recently received some incredible news: I’ve been inducted into the South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame by the South Carolina Academy of Authors. What an honor, especially since I’ve done all of this as a self-published poet. More info

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Poems by students

Welcome to the waves of storms & reality, an anthology of student poems from my workshops during the 2023-2024 school year. Academic Magnet High School, Cane Bay High School, Charleston County School of the Arts, Goose Creek High School, Laing Middle School, Moultrie Middle School, and Porter-Gaud School are represented.