Marcus Amaker

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Marcus Amaker (born October 29, 1976) is the poet laureate of Charleston, South Carolina.[1] He has seven published books. His poetry has been featured on PBS Newshour,[2] TEDx,[3] Huffington Post,[4] Charleston Magazine,[5] Post and Courier,[6] Charleston City Paper,[7] Charleston Art Mag,[8] Charleston Regional Business Journal.[9]

Amaker was named Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate by Mayor John Tecklenburg. In addition to poetry, Amaker is an award-winning graphic designer, web designer, videographer and musician.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education Amaker graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1999. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. After graduation, he worked at The Anderson Independent-Mail. He later moved to Charleston in 2003 to work as a graphic designer at the Post and Courier. While at the Post and Courier, he became editor of Preview and Charleston Scene, the paper’s entertainment sections.

Poet laureateship[edit]

Marcus Amaker and Marjory Wentworth read at Mayor John Tecklenburg’s inauguration, in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Tecklenburg named Amaker Charleston, South Carolina’s first poet laureate.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Charleston, South Carolina poet laureate 2016–present
  • South Carolina Press Association, 2005: Second Place in page design (daily division, over 80,000)
  • South Carolina Press Association, 2007: First Place in page design (daily division, over 80,000)
  • South Carolina Press Association, 2008: First Place in feature page design (daily division, over 80,000); First Place in entertainment section (all daily division)
  • South Carolina Press Association, 2009: Second Place in page design (daily division, over 80,000); Third Place in illustrations (daily division, over 80,000)
  • South Carolina Press Association, 2010: Second Place in entertainment section (daily division, over 80,000); Third Place in inside page design (daily division, over 80,000)

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