CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mayor John Tecklenburg announced Marcus Amaker as the first Poet Laureate of the City of Charleston.
According to the city, Amaker is an award-winning web designer, graphic designer, videographer, musician and author.
He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Tecklenburg says the position of Poet Laureate was established to encourage the appreciation of poetry throughout Charleston.
"Marcus is a well-known artist in our community who has the drive, passion and talent to make poetry accessible to everyone," Tecklenburg said.
As Poet Laureate, Amaker will, in conjunction with the Office of Cultural Affairs, implement a community outreach and education program to encourage the writing, reading and performance of poetry within the city; participate in civic events by providing public poetry readings, workshops, lectures and/or presentations; and promote literacy through poetry in schools.
"This honor is not just for me, it's for every poet in Charleston," Amaker said.
The City of Charleston will hold a poetry reading and reception featuring Amaker at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park.