Music Hall to host Holy City Poetry Slam

Marcus Amaker

The Holy City Poetry Slam, hosted by Marcus Amaker, is set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Joining Amaker on stage will be Matthew Foley, as well as students from the Holy City Youth Slam.

The event will feature readings and a poetry slam that has a grand prize of $300. Foley and Amaker, a former Post and Courier employee, will also take the stage to read original works.

Many poets from the area have performed at regional and national poetry slams.

Foley teaches english and creative writing at the Charleston Charter School for Math & Science. He co-hosts The Unspoken Word poetry series and is releasing his first poetry album, “What You Will Need in Class Today.”

Amaker is a local poet, graphic designer, videographer and web designer who has worked with many Charleston-based arts organizations. He has published five books and several recordings. His latest CD, “The New Foundation,” is a collaboration with local drummer Quentin E. Baxter.

Tickets for the poetry slam are $5 in advance and can be purchased at

To find out more about the local poetry scene, visit The Poetry Society at, LILA at and The Holy City Youth Slam at