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Who is Marcus?

Marcus Amaker (he/him) is a husband, a dad, a son, a music nerd, a Spirit in drag, and a Star Wars obsessive. He was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marcus lived in England, Maryland, Japan, and Texas before making a home in North Charleston, SC.


Family life 

Marcus is married to Jordan Amaker, the director of Advocacy and Communications of Lowcountry Local First. Their daughter, Rei, likes to swing and feel the wind in her curly hair. Their cat, Mr. Wu, was named after the Wu-Tang Clan. Of course.


He is a poet laureate, and is in the SC Literary Hall of Fame?

Yes. Marcus served as the first Poet Laureate of Charleston, South Carolina, from 2016—22. In 2024, the South Carolina Academy of Authors inducted him into the South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Marcus has published ten collections of his poetry, including 2023’s Hold What Makes You Whole, which the Pittsburgh Post Gazette said “questions our assumptions and forces us to confront the very expressions we take for granted,” (Adriana E. Ramírez, April 2023).

In 2021, Marcus was awarded an Academy of American Poets fellowship. In 2019, he won a Governor’s Arts award in South Carolina.

His work has been recognized by airbnb, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Washington Post, The Kennedy Center, American Poets Magazine, The Washington National Opera, The Portland Opera, Button Poetry, NPR,  The Chicago Tribune, Edutopia, Departures Magazine, People’s World, PBS Newshour, SC Public Radio, Charleston Magazine, Charleston City Paper, North Dakota Quarterly, Post and Courier, Garden & Gun, Charleston Scene and several other publications.

Empath by Marcus Amaker

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