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


Announcing New Program Format for 2018
with Guest Features Regie Gibson and Beth DeSombre
Saturday Morning, February 17th 10:30 a.m.-1:00

On Saturday, February 17th, Wake up and Smell the Poetry announces guest features Regie Gibson and Beth DeSombre.

Both guest features will offer 30 minutes each of performance and also sharing stories,anecdotes and insights about their creating and sharing art.

This is intended to provide a more informal and intimate way of showcasing the art of poetry, story and song as well as providing some background/stories about inspiration, creativity and sharing art with others.

Our first guest features include poet Regie Gibson, who has lectured & performed widely in the U.S., Cuba & Europe and singer-songwriter Beth DeSombre who also teaches at Wellesley College and is an author of 8 books

Each program is filmed before a live audience and the footage is later edited into weekly half hour programs that air locally and are available on Youtube and at www.hcam.tv/wakeup.

Free Admission and free coffee provided by Starbucks in Hopkinton, Ma. Taking place at the warm and welcoming HCAM TV Studios at 77 Main St., Hopkinton, Ma.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the program gets started at 10:30.

If you are interested in joining as audience and/or at the open mic, please sign up below.

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

Regie Gibson
Literaryperformer, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed widely in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regie competed for & received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. Himself & his work appear in “love jones” a feature-film based on events in his life. He’s been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy & has been a featured presenter for several Ted X events. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative & the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, examining the legacy of slavery & the U.S. constitution. Regie has performed with & composed texts for, The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale & the Handel+Haydn Society. He’s been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine, & The Iowa Review, among others. He is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Poetry; The Walker Scholarship for Poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center; a YMCA Community Writer’s Fellowship; The Lexington Foundation Education Grant; & he is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation. When Regie is not teaching, he is the lead singer for Atlas Soul: A world music, global funk ensemble and is Artistic Director of Shakespeare to Hiphop’s “Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy”, a multimedia performance focusing on the works & influence of William Shakespeare.

Beth DeSombre
Beth DeSombre (pronunciation: de-SOM-bree) writes songs that are "smart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life" (Sing Out! Magazine), exploring issues from the personal to the political. Her music touches both mind and heart, with insights wrapped in melody and harmony that stay with you after the echoes of the last chorus have faded away. Her 2016 CD, I Was Here, was produced by Sean Staples, and includes guest appearances by Tracy Grammer, Vance Gilbert, Laura Cortese, and other music luminaries. Her second CD, At Home in This Town, reached #22 on the folk charts. She has played primarily in New England, with brief forays further afield. Her songs have been honored in national and international songwriting contests. An award-winning writer in many formats, she's just completed her eighth book, soon to be published by Oxford University Press.

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.