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Coffee with an Author – Traveus Hill feat. Marcus Amaker, Brandon Silvers, & Mark Congdon

June 29, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Join us for an opportunity to spend the morning with Traveus (Trey) Hill in an open discussion about his newest poetry release, A Poetry of Life Transformations. Trey will be joined by a group of Charleston local’s including Charleston’s first Poet Laureate, Marcus Amaker, multimedia business owner, Brandon Silvers, and community-based business owner, Mark Congdon. Join this impressive group as we explore the creative paths that lead our lives to new heights, destinations, and opportunities. We’ll be lucky enough to listen to a few pages from Trey’s book and learn about his inspiration and journey in this intimate setting.

We are reigniting this series from when it initially started in 2019, and look forward to getting back to these conversations.

To RSVP to this free event, call 843-723-9912 or fill out the form below.

To purchase your copy of “A Poetry of Life Transformations” from Buxton Books, please click here.

About the Book:
Since the moment you first inhaled and exhaled, life has been poetry in motion, or shall I say A Poetry of Life Transformations! We all have a story to tell, even if it’s a simple “I love you”! The TOMORROWS are unknown, and the TODAYS are precious! Book your flight, prepare for takeoff, as we explore and discover this journey together! A Raw, Inspirational, Motivational experience that’ll levitate you closer towards your purpose. What is the value of TIME, when it involves LOVE, PEACE and HAPPINESS?

About Trey:
Traveus “Trey” Hill, is the husband to Brianna Yvette Hill, a father to the “Hill Boyz” (Kamden, Kingston and Hendrix), and the son of Harriett Way & Marcus Hill. Born in Brunswick (August 19, 1983), and raised in Camden County, GA, Trey Hill became the author of his journey by accomplishing and succeeding goals set as a child. That work ethic would propel him to be a standout student-athlete that graduated from Camden High School with honors in 2001, to the mountains of North Georgia (UNG), where he played collegiate basketball, as well as participated in the Corps of Cadets (The Boar’s Head Brigade). After graduating in 2005 with a bachelors in computer science, that consistent work ethic would drive Trey towards a Master’s (MBA), loads of IT certs and 15yrs in the IT industry (From Cali to Italy), which landed him as a Principal Engineer, Solutions Architecture at Dell Technologies today. The Lowcountry has played a significant part of the Hill family, since 2012, and they’re proud to call Charleston “Home”….the journey continues!

About Marcus:
Marcus Amaker is Charleston, SCs first Poet Laureate, and the recipient of a Governors Arts award in South Carolina. He’s also an Academy of American Poets fellow, the graphic designer of a music journal, an electronic musician, an opera librettist, and mentor.

His poetry has been recognized by The Washington Post, The Kennedy Center, American Poets Magazine, The Washington National Opera, NPR,  The Chicago Tribune, PBS Newshour, and many other publications. One of his poems is on a Grammy-nominated album, and Marcus has recorded three albums with a Grammy award winning drummer and producer. His ninth book is Black Music Is, from Free Verse Press.

About Brandon:
Brandon Silvers is co-founder of The People’s Beat, a multimedia digital news organization that seeks to empower Black and Brown communities through news, opinion, information, and analysis in his native Charleston, SC. Prior to that, he gained many years of experience in doing a little bit of everything as a former athlete, real estate professional, and small business consultant. These jobs have served him well in his current role. Brandon hosts “Beyond The Arc with Brandon Silvers” where he combines humor and next-level analysis to take a look at the relationship between today’s hottest sports news and society as a whole. Brandon is proud to have been raised by his mother, Jill Silvers, and grandmother, Elise Silvers. Brandon spends his free time playing basketball, drinking margaritas outside when the weather is nice, and searching for missing socks that his dog, Kobe (a very good boy), claims to have no knowledge of despite them always being found in his room.

About Mark:
Mark Congdon is a writer, business leader, and lifelong learner. After spending a decade in the international logistics industry, most recently as President of James River Carriers based out of Richmond, Virginia, Mark decided to pursue a calling to help people leverage their biological design in order to take control of their life satisfaction and personal fulfillment. In 2020, Mark founded Into the Ideal, a family of companies united  in their mission to help those struggling to find their path in life.

Mark is currently completing an ALM degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Harvard University’s Extension School, and has a book publishing deal with Forbes Books to explain the psychological processes behind Into the Ideal’s proprietary framework. He serves on the Foundation Board at Porter Gaud School, and as Junior Warden on the Vestry of Christ Church Anglican. He and his wife Chelsea have four children: Lilly Grace (7), Addison (5), Caroline (3), and Parker (5 months).


June 29, 2022
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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