Sunset Poems with Marcus Amaker and Asiah Mae

Interested in experiencing some magical moments of inspired creative writing? Join Wild Common and Charleston’s poet laureate Marcus Amaker for a special Free Verse Festival preview event, “Sunset Poems with Marcus Amaker”. This late-night poetry performance will be held on Wednesday, August 21 at Wild Common, featuring brand new works from Amaker alongside readings from one of Charleston’s up-and-coming literary talents, Asiah Mae. Order from the bar and small bites menus, we will have a signature cocktail and mocktail on the menu – inspired by the night’s performances alongside a menu of shareable snacks and bites from Chef Orlando Pagán. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the performances kick off at 8:30 p.m. No tickets required!


~ Check Out the Authors’ Bios Below ~


MARCUS AMAKER is a karaoke singer, an Alice Coltrane fan and a donut eater. He is an award-winning graphic designer for a national music magazine, and works with nonprofits to create websites, posters and videos. In 2010, he founded Charleston Scene for the Post and Courier. In 2017, he created the Free Verse poetry festival. As a musician, he’s released 29 electronic albums and two records with Grammy-nominated producer Quentin Baxter of Ranky Tanky. Marcus was named Charleston’s first Poet Laureate in 2016, and has published seven books. He is a mentor for hundreds of local students. In 2019 he was named the Gaillard Center’s artist-in-residence. Dig in to his work at


ASIAH MAE is a poet and community curator in Charleston, SC. She’s the cofounder of defunct online mag For The Scribes and the author of the self-published work “oxygen” (2016). Her background as a theatre artist has lead her to poetry slams and stages such as the Soda City Story Slam (2016), The 4Love Series Tour ATL (2017), Rainbow Rowed (2017), and many more. Her work has been published in the Charleston City Paper and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @_asiahmae