Marcus Amaker was named Charleston, SC’s first Poet Laureate in 2016.

He’s also the award-winning graphic designer of a national music journalan accomplished electronic musician, the creator of a poetry festival, and a mentor to hundreds of students.

His poetry has been presented by the Kennedy Center, was published alongside two national book award winners in an anthology of African American poetry, and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, by PBS Newshour, SC Public Radio, Huffington Post, A&E Network, Charleston Magazine, Charleston City Paper, North Dakota Quarterly, Post and Courier, Charleston Scene and several other publications.

In 2019, he won a Governor’s Arts award in South Carolina, and was named the artist-in-residence of the Gaillard Center, a world-renowned performance and education venue.

His poetry has been studied in classrooms across the country and has been interpreted for ballet, jazz, modern dance, opera and theater.

Marcus has recorded three albums with Grammy Award winning drummer and producer Quentin E. Baxter.

New album, “rhythm vaccine.” Created in quarantine on a Digitakt.

New album, “contagion.” Created in quarantine.

I am lucky enough to be doing exactly what I want to be doing: creating videos, graphic & web design, playing music and writing poetry. How do I do it all? With love.
What’s your story? Contact me.

empath (variations). electronic music + poetry. recorded at home on analogue instruments. available on vinyl, CD + all digital platforms

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