Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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Wake Up and Smell the Poetry Monday, 7:00 PM Thursday, 4:30 AM Thursday, 12:00 PM Friday. 5:00 PM

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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

At the start of the Boston Marathon, come and join us in Hopkinton during the festivities of The Boston Marathon weekend on April 19th! Guest features include Robert Clawson, Tony Toledo and singer-songwriters Besti Mandrioli and John Ferullo.
These features, also known for their great work of activism for arts in community will share their own art of poetry, story and song.
An open mic for contributions of poetry, story and song from the community will follow. Hope to see you there!
your host, Cheryl Perreault
Robert J. Clawson
Bob has performed his poetry for live, radio, and TV audiences here in the U.S. and abroad in Greece and Ireland. He’s taught poetry to students from 10-80 years old. He edits professional poets’ manuscripts and is a founder and director of the Robert Creeley Foundation. Bob’s first poetry teacher was John Crowe Ransom.

Bob’s poems have been published in the U.S., U.K., and Canada in The Southern Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, Christian Science Monitor, The Lancet, CONSEQUENCE, Poesis, del Sol Review, and others.

John Ferullo and Betsi Mandrioli
Two Cat Folk, the musical partnership of singer songwriters John Ferullo and Betsi Mandrioli, draws audiences in with warmth and sincerity. Their unique styles blend to create subtle rhythms, rich harmonies, and an earthy passion for the music of the people.

Betsi’s and John’s songs tell stories of real life, sometimes with humor, sometimes with compassion. The characters could be people you know, or they could be someone’s cat. You just never know. They perform traditional and contemporary favorites from the folk tradition. For 13 years John has been hosting an open stage at the PCA in Westford. He also organizes many music events in the area. And they both hosted the former Twice Told tales open stage in Concord, MA for 10 yrs. For more information, see www.johnferullo.com and www.elizabethmandrioli.com.

In addition to writing songs Betsi is an accomplished visual artist. She has a line of hand drawn greeting cards. She also sculpts. One of her favorite projects is sculpting decorations to bring a children's book to life each year for the Concord Museum's "Family Trees" exhibit. For more about Two Cat Folk, visit www.twocatfolk.com.

Tony Toledo
Tony Toledo lives on a massive one tenth of an acre estate he bought in Beverly, MA with his stories. Tony has been telling stories to pay his rent since the end of the 20th century. He is the President of LANES, the host of Speak Up Spoken Word Open Mic (every Wednesday in Lynn, MA) and a book collector. Tony and his wife KR Glickman host a Corn Party every August. It's a block party dressed in yellow and full of games. Tony is 56 years old but reads at a 69 year old level. Visit Tony at www.TonyToledo.com

Upcoming programs:

  • May 17: Elizabeth Doran, Carla Schwartz and Tara Greenblatt
  • June 21st: Teresa Mei Chuc, Elijah Imlay and Ergo Canto

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.