Marcus Amaker named Poet Laureate

Friend of the Alliance and exceptionally¬†talented artist Marcus Amaker was named Charleston’s first “Poet Laureate” on Tuesday evening.


Marcus Amaker shows Henrietta Snype, local sweetgrass basket artist, a clip from the “Arts Matter” video.

Some of you may know him as the mastermind behind our “Arts Matter” video, but most
Charlestonians will recognize him from his countless speaking engagements, musical performances, and of course, his incredible poetry. As Charleston’s Poet Laureate, Mr. Amaker will work with the Office of Cultural Affairs to encourage the artistry of poetry as both an important educational and cultural tool.

In a statement, Mayor Tecklenburg said “Marcus is a well-known artist in our community who has the drive, passion and talent to make poetry accessible to everyone.”

A reception to celebrate and commemorate this important occasion will be held at The City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Wednesday June 29 at 6:00PM. Mr. Amaker will be performing at the event.

We can’t imagine this honor going to anyone else and we are¬†can’t wait to see what wonderful things Mr. Amaker will do with his new position!