Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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Wake Up and Smell the Poetry Friday. 5:00 PM Thursday, 4:30 AM Thursday, 12:00 PM Monday, 7:00 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. Limited open mic slots are available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault


On December15th guest features include poet Denise Moyo and singer-songwriter Chris Lee.
In her delivery of poetry, Denise Moyo combines stories of coping with trauma with insights on healing and transformation based on her background in social work and spirituality. Her poems and voice are both haunting and electric. Chris Lee has been drawn to music since a child living in Washington D.C. Singing, writing songs and performing music on guitar have been intuitive practices that Lee acknowledges seem to generally flow through him as he humbly steps aside in performance. The songs he performs might be wild and woolly of humor or address matters of life, death and love while being witness to the quizzical, yet amazing resilient human beings that we are. This program offers the audience members a half hour intimate performance combined with some anecdotes and insights about their art and the creative process. An open mic for poetry, story (literary readings and spoken word) and song will follow.
This event is hosted by Cheryl Perreault at HCAM TV Studios located at 77 Main St, Hopkinton, MA.
The public is welcome to join as community and gather with an exciting mix including enthusiasts of the arts, poets, authors, artists, songwriters and musicians.
Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30.

Your host, Cheryl Perreault
host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Denise Moyo
Denise Moyo was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the United States. She attended Boston University and is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed applied behavior analyst. Denise Moyo uses poetry to speak on issues of trauma and emotional pain. Her poetry is presented in a way that is prayerful, transformative, and healing. She has four books of poetry available at her website www.denisemoyo.com
Chris Lee
Born in Washington, DC., Chris Lee began his path as a musician in childhood when he learned to play the trumpet and accordion and then turned to singing rock and roll, blues and gospel music. It was in college that Lee began performing folk music and original songs as a solo performer.
Since then, Lee has performed in a number of bands in addition to performing as a solo artist in a variety of musical genres including oldies, celtic, calypso, soft rock, blues, country and folk. He has been honored as a recipient of a number of awards from the Massachusetts Country Music Awards Association including the seldom awarded Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

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:
An open mic follows, offering 4 minute contributions of poetry, story or song.

This season, given our time- limited open mic program, first priority will be given to those who did not perform the previous month. Names of those who performed the previous month will be added to a wait list and notified of available spots by Wednesday before the event.

The program is filmed before a live audience and later edited into weekly TV programs

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.