Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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This series is for the merging of minds and souls of poets, musicians and other performing artists... as well as those simply coming to listen. We provide a forum for a variety of talented writers and performing artists to share their words and get people awakened and excited about the diversity of voices, perspectives and insights expressed through the art form of poetry, song and spoken word.

This program is offered jointly by myself a host/ producer and by HCAM Station Manager Jim Cozzens. Admission is free but there is a passing of the hat for the features. There are very talented poets and musicians on board for this coming season. You can sign up for reserved seating and open mic below. Open mic slots are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault

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No, they don't gather in some hip little cafe crowded with creatures of the night. But all the passion and prose of a fervent literary event can be found at the free Wake up and smell the poetry sessions held on Saturday morning each month at the HCAM-TV Studio in Hopkinton. --The Boston Globe, October, 2009

On November 15th HCAM Studios will be hosting the second program of new season for Wake up and Smell the Poetry with guest feature poet Diana Whitney of Vermont, poet Karen Skolfield of Amherst Ma and singer-songwriter Licia Sky of Boston Ma. who will be joined by guitarist Rich Kradin. An exciting open mic with 18 contributions of writers and musicians coming from near and far to offer poetry, story and song is scheduled to follow the guest features. Please sign up in advance for an open mic spot as well as to hold a seat as listening audience. The admission to this event is free but as each event is well attended, we like to offer adequate seating.
The hot coffee and scones are free, we pass the hat to thank the features.
Hope to see you there!
your host, Cheryl Perreault
Diana Whitney
Diana Whitney’s first collection of poetry, Wanting It, was released in August by Harbor Mountain Press and has enjoyed strong early reviews. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea writes: "Whitney’s hungry heart and eye invade her entire universe to such an extent that, if it did not exist, we should have to invent the adjective charged. These poems virtually leap at us from the page.” Diana graduated from Dartmouth College and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and attended the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. Her essays and poems have appeared in many publications, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Numero Cinq, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and the Crab Orchard Review. Her frank, irreverent parenting column, Spilt Milk, was syndicated for four years in several newspapers, garnered a loyal readership, and is now being collected into a book. Diana is a yoga instructor in Brattleboro, VT, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and fourteen chickens. www.diana-whitney.com
Karen Skolfield
Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press, and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. She is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow and winner of the 2014 Split This Rock poetry prize and the 2012 Oboh Prize from Boxcar Poetry Review. Skolfield is the poetry editor for Amherst Live, a twice-yearly production of poetry, politics, and more, and she’s a contributing editor at the literary magazines Tupelo Quarterly and Stirring. She teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.
Licia Sky
Boston singer-songwriter, seasoned poet, fledgling playwright, with two full CD's of original songs, and a third on the way, whirlwind world traveler, illustrator, Writing Allies coach, humanist, activist, dreamer with a cosmic perspective and a down to earth style... Licia Sky sings with a big heart and big clear voice. Her songs reach in and pull you into her worlds resonating with love, humor, insight, vulnerability and honesty. Licia will be joined on November 15th by guitarist Rich Kradin who is known for being versatile in blues, rock, jazz and old time music. In his youth before he pursued a career in medicine, Rich played on tour with Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, and the Allman Brothers. When he joins forces with Licia, it is a musical joyride.

Upcoming programs:

  • December 20: Ted Reinstein, Dan Zampino and Lloyd Thayer

More Information on our program:
This venue welcomes participating artists from near and far as well as the general public who are interested in seeing this unique, monthly event honoring the art of poetry, song and spoken word. Admission is free and all are welcome. Most of our programs are available for viewing here.

Features Information:
Guest features for this program are selected based on their talent as both a writer and in their ability to deliver poetry, stories and songs as well as thematic content, diversity of style, audience appeal and genuine interest and ability to connect with the audience (both in studio and on air). We receive many inquiries regarding eligibility of feature spots and although most features are selected based on advance program topics and themes, interested applicants are welcome to email feature press kit and inquiries or to HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street, Hopkinton Ma 01748. (directions)

Open Mic Information:
HCAM Studios offers a supportive and professional setting for open mic where contributing writers and artists can share their words of poetry, song or story while being filmed before a live audience. There is a limited sign-up and a limit of four minutes per open mic contribution. Please bring material suitable for sharing on public television and sign a release form if you would like to be considered for inclusion on the televised program. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance as open mic spots can be limited with attending audience ranging from 20-50 each month.

People come from near and far sharing poetry, spoken word and songs, some for the first time and some who are seasoned writers/performers. Regardless of experience, those who have performed at the open mic in the last three seasons have traditionally offered their best for this friendly and professional setting. This has resulted in a showcasing of a very special blend of impressive talents within each month's program so that most performances are included in either the monthly "Wake up..." series or the "All Open Mic" program.

If you are interested in reserving an open mic spot or simply in reserving a seat to watch as audience, please sign up above.