Charleston's first poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, is ready to release his latest project — one that he tells us he's really proud of. empath, a 185-page poetry book, comes out on Jan. 1 2018, featuring poems on the topics of Charleston bars, lynchings, social justice, social media, love, Prince, family, and feminism.
"empath is a project about connection and conversation. It’s about the empathy I feel for others on a small and large scale. These poems are inspired by the classrooms I’ve visited and the students who continue to spark me. There’s an abundance of love energy in this work — inspired by my wife, my cat and my family. And, of course, it’s about my deep love of Charleston," Amaker said in a press release.
There will be a custom journal to go along with the book, inspired by Amaker's workshops at local schools, designed to "inspire kids of all ages to write poetry." The book and journal will both be available Jan. 1; you can preorder your book at poetryandjazz.com.
In addition to the book of poetry, Amaker will be releasing an album — also titled empath — with Quentin Baxter. The sophomore release from the two features Amaker's words and Baxter's drumming, spoken word and jazz interpretations of the poems from the new book. The CD will be available in Feb. and the vinyl will be available in April.
The first book release party will be held Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gibbes. DJ Sista Misses, For the Scribes, and Gina Mocha will also be in attendance.