2019 Fresh Voice: Marcus Amaker

Marcus Amaker is a karaoke singer, a Kate Bush fan and a donut eater. He is also an award-winning graphic designer for a national music magazine (No Depression), and works with nonprofits to create websites, posters and videos. In 2010, he founded a weekly arts publication, Charleston Scene, for the Post and Courier daily newspaper. As a musician, he’s released 28 electronic albums and two records with Grammy-nominated producer Quentin Baxter. Marcus was named Charleston’s first poet laureate in 2016, and has published 7 books of poetry. After becoming poet laureate, he created the Free Verse poetry festival – a city-wide event that puts poetry in public places and schools. He is a mentor for hundreds of local students through poetry workshops. In 2019, he was named the Gaillard Center’s artist-in-residence. Dig into his work at http://TheBlackJedi.com

Marcus Amaker, "The United State of Anxiety"

Marcus Amaker, "Break Bread"

Marcus Amaker, "the birth of all things"

Celebrate with us!

South Carolina Humanities is pleased to host the 2019 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Luncheon & Award Ceremony in Columbia, SC on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Join us for this exciting day to celebrate our award winners!