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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...]


"... 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.”


Shawn Marie Jeffery

Vice President | Classical & Creatives

Aaron Sanko

CEO & Partner | Theatre, Film, TV & Literary

Lisa Bremer 

Operations & Finance Manager

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