Marcus Amaker

Marcus Amaker to Host Poetry Reading

Daniel Island, SC – This February, hear original poetry from Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s first poet laureate, at Daniel Island Library.

Charleston is the place to experience the arts. The Spoleto Festival, Dock Street Theater performances, and the Gibbes Art museum are just a few of the opportunities that offer rich experiences. The Berkeley County Library System is one of those venues too. On February 7th at 10:30 am, the Daniel Island Library will host Marcus Amaker, Charleston’s poet laureate, for a special poetry reading that is free to the public.

Amaker has led a varied and celebrated career. After working for the Post and Courier as an editor by day and writing poetry by night, he took the turn to become a self-employed poet, musician, videographer, and graphic designer. He has written prolific amounts of poetry and been featured on the PBS NewsHour, the Huffington Post, and A&E. Charleston applauded him in 2016 by making him the city’s first poet laureate. Mayor John Tecklenberg said of Amaker, “Marcus is a well-known artist in our community who has the drive, passion and talent to make poetry accessible to everyone.” The Art Magazine calls Amaker the “Renaissance man of Charleston.”

Libraries exist to offer free access to books and resources – and experiences. This February, the Daniel Island library also will host a Civil War lecture series and a Gullah art and story session.  Keep your eye on upcoming events so you can enjoy the arts at your local library.