top of page

MARCUS AMAKER

LIBRETTIST

BIOGRAPHY

Marcus Amaker (he/him) takes daily naps and is a husband, a dad, a son, a musician, an opera librettist, and a Star Wars obsessive. He served as the first Poet Laureate of Charleston, South Carolina, from 2016-2022. In 2021, he became an Academy of American Poets fellow.

He’s also a prolific performer, the award-winning graphic designer of a roots music journal (No Depression), a musician, an opera librettist, the creator of a poetry festival, a teaching artist, and an advocate for youth poets.


His work has been recognized by The Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Kennedy Center, American Poets Magazine, Chicago Opera Theater, Garden & Gun, The Portland Opera, Button Poetry, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, Edutopia, Town & Country, PBS NewsHour, South Carolina Public Radio, Charleston Magazine, Charleston City Paper, Post and Courier, and more. In 2019, he received 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. [read more...]

CRITICAL ACCLAIM


"... one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve heard…” – Washington Post


Two Black Churches – “It’s absolutely devastating, and one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve heard all year — one that seems to authorize the contradictory emotions it captures and sets free.”

__________


"... with poetry and grace..." – The New Yorker


Two Black Churches "Two Black Churches” (2020) crowns the album, recounting racially motivated massacres in Birmingham, In 1963, And In Charleston, in 2015, with poetry and grace.”

__________


"... a genuine, lyrical offering to our heart’s expansion..." – Andrea Gibson, world-renowned poet


The Birth of All Things – “Once, in 2001, I heard a poet read a poem that turned to music in the air. Two decades later Marcus Amaker’s gorgeous new book is that moment on repeat, with each turned page. A mixtape of presence, The Birth of All Things is a genuine, lyrical offering to our heart’s expansion. To write in celebration while refusing to ignore grief, is a skill few artists have mastered, but it is mastered here. I am so grateful for the bonfire of light this book has brought into my world.”

REPRESENTATIVES

Shawn Marie Jeffery

Vice President | Classical & Creatives


Aaron Sanko

CEO & Partner | Theatre, Film, TV & Literary


Lisa Bremer 

Operations & Finance Manager

bottom of page