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.

Early life and education[edit]

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)


  • Mantra: an interactive poetry book (second edition). 2016. Createspace ISBN 978-1530297511
  • the spoken word: selected poems: 2003-2013. 2013. Createspace. ISBN 978-1490586755
  • the present presence. 2012. Createspace. ISBN 978-1477414606
  • The Soft Paper Cut: poetry and art by marcus amaker. 2007. Createspace. ISBN 978-0979651014
  • poems for augustine. 2005. Createspace. ISBN 978-1419609138
  • listening to static: poetry and graphic art. 2005. Booksurge. ISBN 978-1419603860


  1. ^ "Amaker Named Poet Laureate of the City of Charleston". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Seeking solace in poetry after a mass shooting". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Poetry and Jazz - Marcus Amaker & Quentin Baxter". YouTube. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ Abbey-Lambertz, Kate (27 June 2015). "The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre". Retrieved 21 October 2018 – via Huff Post.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-05. Retrieved 2016-06-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Parker, Adam. "Marcus Amaker named city's first poet laureate". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ Petersen, Kyle. "Poet and electronic artist Marcus Amaker transforms himself into Tape Loop". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Marcus Amaker's: The Present Presence - The Art Mag". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ "SC Biz News". Retrieved 21 October 2018.