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

Mark your June calendar for our last Wake up and Smell the Poetry program of the 2014/2015 season! Our guest features include storyteller/psychotherapist Helena Leet-Pellegrini of Milford, Ma, poet/singer-songwriter and ESL poetry teacher Sherri Stepakoff of Wellesley Ma. and singer-songwriter Kenny Selcer of Somerville, Ma
Open mic for poetry, story (telling and literary readings) and performance of original songs/music compositions to follow. Hope to see you there!

Hope to see you there!
   your host, Cheryl Perreault

No matter where in the U.S. you live, you are welcome to take a look at some/all of our past shows that are posted online. You are also welcome to help spread the word about the importance of bringing/sharing poetry, story and song with community. Just ask your local tv station to locate past shows on PEGMEDIA and air them on your local cable tv station as they are now all accessible in the U.S.

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Helena Leet-Pellegrini
Stories come alive when Helena Leet-Pellegrini shares her personal journey through many of life’s trials and triumphs. From laugh out loud to deeply moving, her tales will satisfy and delight. A psychologist and creative expression coach, she was an award winner at the Big Mouth Off, Massmouth’s grande finale in 2011. She has performed her one-woman shows at the Boulder Colorado Fringe Festival, Story Space and Passim’s in Cambridge, and Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham.
Sherri Stepakoff
Sherri Stepakoff is a Boston area poet, writer, and singer-songwriter. She can be seen performing her poems and songs at a variety of local venues and her work appears in several publications. Sherri also writes the blog "Poetry in the Garden / Tending My World" where she shares poems from the community as well as from the poetry canons. In addition, Sherri teaches a poetry course she developed for ESL students.
Kenny Selcer
Through candid storytelling and inspired guitar play, Kenny Selcer delivers a stimulating mind-body listening experience. Kenny is at equally at home on solo acoustic guitar as he is with a band. He has also led bands from duos to 6 pieces led by his mesmerizing guitar & intimate vocals. He just completed a new CD, Don't Forget About Me. He has 3 solo cds, and 2 cds with Jill Stein. Selcer is a Berklee College of Music alumnae who has run Selcer Sound & Graphics, a full service music sound & graphics company, has done professional sound at area clubs & art centers, developed web sites, taught music, set-up venues & promotion & has also been a DJ.

Upcoming programs:

  • T.B.A.

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.