Marcus Amaker shares poetry, art in new book

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Marcus Amaker, labeled an "all-around Renaissance guy" by the Charleston City Paper and "one of Charleston's most unique" by Charleston Magazine, has released his fourth poetry book.

The 112-page collection, "the present presence," contains poems written between 2008 and April of this year. Marcus designed the pocket-sized book himself. "the present presence" also features his photography, and is available at and in select local stores.

A live poetry performance is scheduled to close out Piccolo Spoleto's Sundown Poetry Series on June 8th in the Dock Street Theatre's courtyard. The 6:30 p.m. performance is free to the public. For more information on the show, click here.

Here's a bit about Marcus, for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of meeting the man himself:

Marcus Amaker has published four books of poetry and recorded more than 20 albums, dating back to 1987. Marcus was born in Las Vegas and lived in England, Maryland, Japan and Texas before arriving in Charleston in 2003. He was the catalyst and former editor of Charleston Scene, the weekly entertainment paper of the Post and Courier. He is currently working for himself as a freelance videographer, graphic and web designer.