Charleston's first poet laureate has been called a Renaissance man. Marcus Amaker boasts many talents. He's a poet, a musician, a videographer, as well as a graphics and web designer.
But perhaps it's not what he does; instead how he does it, that distinguishes him.
The 43 year-old takes the mic at the Free Verse Poetry Festival he conceived three years ago. Applause fills the halls of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, mixed with the hypnotizing beat of drums. Behind the sticks is Quentin Baxter of the chart breaking group Ranky Tanky.