Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker’s term ends
The city of Charleston’s first Poet Laureate is nearing the end of his nomination.
Marcus Amaker, in a recent video message, encouraged poets and writers to consider applying to become his successor, The Post and Courier reported.
“When we decided to create the position of city poet laureate, Marcus Amaker was the obvious choice,” said Mayor John Tecklenburg. “Over the past six years, it has been an honor and a privilege to work with Marcus and see what he has been able to create as an ambassador for poetry at civic events, as well as in schools across our region and thanks to the creation of the Free Verse Festival.
The Poet Laureate position was created in 2016 and Tecklenburg appointed Amaker.
The city describes the tasks as spreading the art of poetry “from classrooms across the city,” inspiring new literary artists and advancing their own writing careers. The next Poet Laureate will work for two years with the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs to achieve these goals.
Amaker was also artist in residence at Center Gaillard. In 2021 he was made a Fellow of the Academy of American Poets.
“He leaves behind big shoes to fill, and we hope whoever is chosen to fill the role can continue his work to inspire our citizens with the enduring gift of poetry,” Tecklenburg said.
A review committee made up of educators, arts professionals and poets will evaluate nominations and recommend individuals to the mayor. The deadline for applications is June 30.
To apply, visit http://charlestonarts.org/connect/apply/.