marcus amaker by JB mcabe

Marcus Amaker is Charleston, South Carolina’s first Poet Laureate. His poetry has been featured on PBS Newshour, TEDx, A&E, the Huffington Post and several poetry collections. He’s visited local schools, teaching poetry to elementary and high school students and is the brainchild behind Free Verse, Charleston’s first poetry festival.

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

As a musician, Marcus has released more than twenty albums of music since 1986. His 2014 album, “The New Foundation,” was co-produced by Grammy-nominated drummer and producer Quentin E. Baxter.

He is the former entertainment editor of The Post and Courier, where he worked for eight years.

This year, he was named one of Charleston’s 50 Most Influential people by Charleston Business Magazine.

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Photo credit: JB McCabe

Twitter: @marcusamaker