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


You are invited to join us at Wake up and Smell the Poetry for our first program of the 13th season!
Our guest features will be Louis Apollon and Deana Tavares.

Both guest features have 30 minutes to offer an intimate-style performance and some stories and insight about performance and writing in our small "black box theater" setting. An open mic will follow where participants are invited to bring contributions of poetry, story/literary readings and songs to share with community.
The program is filmed before a live audience. Come and be a part of this exciting community who support a gathering of artists, writers and musicians.
To reserve a seat and/or sign up for open mic, sign up below.
Your host, Cheryl Perreault
host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Deana Tavares
Deana Tavares is a poet, visual artist, writer, activist and actor. Passionate and driven as an artist Deana's love of music, poetry, and performance are beginning to merge together in the form of songwriting, storytelling, and acting. Currently she is an actor in the play We Did It For You portraying civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. She has done some background acting in several movies over the years through Boston Casting, as well as some voice- over work with Andy Celley. A few of her poetry performances can be found online through Dedham TV-Dedham’s Peace Vigil, MLK event, and Connecting The Dots with Dot Walsh. Some of her published pieces can be found on her website jummyjeenz.com , saveprouty.org , and engagingpeace.org . In July she was honored to be invited by the poet laureate of Boston Danielle Legros Georges to join School Street Sessions Poetry Advisory Committee and their readings will be held at the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston MA. Deana’s practices are meditative and explorative. She plans to continue viewing the concepts of hope, peace, and understanding through a macro lens. Her future goal is to make a greater impact by leading others through creative collaborations, and continuing to merge her varied artistic skill sets.
Louis Apollon
Singer-Songwriter Louis Apollon was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City by parents of Haitian decent. Music had always been something that sparked curiosity for him. From learning his way around his first instrument, the clarinet, to trying to imitate sounds coming from the radio, to breaking his father’s old record player trying to scratch old records. It was not uncommon to hear sounds from around the world on a daily basis, and those sounds influenced the music he makes today. His professional career started in Chicago, IL where he worked in the advertising world after he received a Business Degree from University of Notre Dame. Though he remained in that business for four years he realized that he was constantly searching for and finding opportunities to perform musically on the side. Once coming to this realization, he decided that he really wanted to commit himself to music full time, so he put himself in position to do so by attending the Jazz Studies Program at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH.
He is primarily a vocalist and accompanies himself on guitar and is known to do solo, duo, and full band performances. Being heavily influenced by Jazz, Pop, World music, and acoustic styles, he brings a fresh perspective in how we listen to and feel music, and is always looking to use his work to positively impact the world and its listeners. Upon attending and being a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music (2015), he released his first album , Free to Be, in September of 2017 and is looking forward to sharing his original works and creating even more for this ever-changing world.

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.