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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HCAM News Re: Wake Up!

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


Join us this month when our guest features include PBS documentary film producer Artemis Joukowsky, author Sari Wilson and singer-songwriter Abbey Perreault. Sari Wilson will be reading from her latest novel Girl Through Glass, Artemis Joukowsky will give a presentation and show a trailer from his latest films and Abbey Perreault will share a few of original songs. An open mic for poetry, story and song will follow for 4 minute contributions. Advance sign-up for open mic is highly recommended.

Admission is free but we ask for reservations to help plan for adequate seating at [email protected]

Following the program at 1:30, there will be a special lunch and author's talk/q & a on writing with Sari Wilson with book signing at Coffee Haven located at 76 Railroad St in Holliston, MA . Advance registration for this program is highly recommended as seating is limited. Please send email if you wish to attend this event following Wake up and Smell the Poetry program ending at 1:00 p.m.

Cheryl Perreault, host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III
Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III, Co-Director and Co-Producer. Artemis A.W. Joukowsky, III, M.A. has acted as an environmental venture capitalist, entrepreneur, non-profit activist and film producer for the past 20 years in his professional life. Most recently, Mr. Joukowsky served as Executive Producer of the HBO film, Cries From Syria, a harrowing exploration of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the devastating civil war that has defined the country over the last five years. He is a PBS Producer and Co-director with Ken Burns of Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, a 90-minute a documentary film and book about Waitstill and Martha Sharp, who played a role in the relief and rescue of displaced and endangered World War II refugees, including many Jews, in 1939 in Prague and 1940 in Southern France. The film and companion book, published by Beacon Press, were co-released in September 2016 to critical success. He is also the co-developer of the education curriculum with Facing History and Ourselves, Brookline, MA. http://www.facinghistory.org/two-who-dared which reaches over 2 million students in 50,000 schools worldwide. He is the organizer of the strategic alliances of the project, including over 20 leading Holocaust and education organizations worldwide with a vision to promote more rescue today. http://www.pbs.org/show/defying-nazis-sharps-war/ Artemis Joukowsky, the grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, has spent decades researching his grandparents' story and connecting that story to the current refugee crisis. The PBS broadcast attracted over 1.1 billion impressions on social media and an audience of over 3.5 million viewers!
Sari Wilson
Sari Wilson has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has received a residency from The Corporation of Yaddo. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in literary journals such as Agni, Oxford American, and Slice. Sari grew up in a Victorian brownstone in Brooklyn Heights, has lived in San Francisco, Chicago, and Prague, and now again lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the cartoonist Josh Neufeld, and their daughter. Her debut novel Girl Through Glass (Harper) is, in many ways, a deeply personal book; it is based on her early experiences in the classical dance world. As a child, she studied ballet at Neubert Ballet Theater, a once-storied Carnegie Hall studio. Later, she studied at Harkness Ballet and as a scholarship student at Eliot Feld’s New Ballet School. She went on to study and perform modern dance with Stephan Koplowitz and at Oberlin College, where she majored in history and minored in dance.
Abbey Perreault
Abbey Perreault is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Hopkinton who now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She's a copywriter by day, and a songwriter by night and weekend... creating original music of her own and in collaboration with other artists across genres. Abbey also professionally writes, records, and produces personalized songs for SongFinch which produces recordings for businesses and individuals who wish to put a sentiment, story, or a life milestone into song. Whether she's singing about her tiny room in Brooklyn or crafting a chorus to narrate someone else's love story, Abbey believes that songs can be powerful tools of human connection.

Upcoming programs:

  • October 15, 2016 - Elizabeth Gordon McKim, The Parking Lot Gulls, Linda Hoffman
  • November 19, 2016 - Dan Lewis, John Schindler. and Daniel Bouchard
  • December 17, 2016 - cancelled
  • January 21, 2017 - Philip Robinson, Ruth Canonico and Rick Goggin & Junko Ogawa
  • February 18, 2017 - Ken Slaughter, Jo Radner and Bridge & Davies
  • March 18, 2017 - Charles Coe, Alan O'Hare and Ron Israel.
  • April 15, 2017 - Polly Brown, Dot Walsh and Carolyn Waters
  • May 21, 2017 - Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III, Sari Gail Waters and Abbey Perreault
  • June 18, 2017 -Wes Hazard, Thea Iberall and Steve Rapson

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.