After two years as a staffer and editor at The Post and Courier’s weekly publication Charleston Scene, Marcus Amaker announced his resignation last week.

A longtime poet and spoken-word artist, Amaker worked as graphic designer for The Post and Courier’s weekly entertainment section Preview before landing the job as editor in late 2008. In the winter of 2010, Amaker oversaw the transition of Preview as it became Charleston Scene. With a new full-color design, new columns, and new photo features, Charleston Scene launched on March 11, 2010.
Charleston Scene put more emphasis on some of the local musicians, artists, and creative characters who would have gone unnoticed otherwise.

“Working for The Post and Courier was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, because I’ve met so many great people here and experienced so many beautiful things,” Amaker says. “I leave peacefully. Charleston Scene is bigger than me. It always was. I was just the spark for that publication, and I am happy with the impact it’s had on the community. I put in a lot to shift Charleston Scene into a viable publication. Preview was almost there, and I’m so proud of the changes my writers and I did for The Post and Courier.”

Amaker independently released several home-recorded albums of music, soundscapes, and spoken-word pieces in recent years — most notably, 2009’s Lady Phoenix. He frequently collaborates with jazz/prog drummer Staurt White on stage during poetry readings as well.

He says he’ll start working as an editor and graphic designer with The Local Palate, a new glossy food magazine based in Charleston. He will continue to write and recite poetry and create visual art. “I’m still focusing a lot on me, growing and learning a lot, every damn day,” he says. “Expect a lot more poems, albums, artwork, and karaoke nights at the Upper Deck.”

Amaker’s artwork will be on display alongside the work of five other Carolina artists on Thurs. Sept. 22 from 7-10 p.m. at Buzzworthy, a one-night, interactive, pop-up gallery event in the lobby of the Terrace Theater for young collectors, presented by local art collective the Beehive.

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