Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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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

On May 16th the guest features include Virginia Fitzgerald, Susan Bailey and Camille Breeze. Virginia a multi-media artist, will share some of her artwork and stories on how art can address universal human experience and also serve as a form of socio-political activism. Susan Bailey, former executive director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College will share some of her writing. Singer-songwriter Camille Breeze will perform a few of her original songs accompanied by Kenny Selcer. An open mic consisting of participants from near and far offering poetry, story/literary readings and original songs will follow. This is one of the last two shows of the 9th season. 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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Camille Breeze
Camille Breeze is a singer and songwriter rooted in the traditions of the great vocal storytellers. Working with many Boston-area players, Camille brings a variety of song styles and moods to her dynamic performances. A professional art conservator and avid traveler, Camille can occasionally be spotted riding her Harley with her ukulele on her back."
Susan McGee Bailey
Susan McGee Bailey is a feminist researcher, writer and activist. She directed the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College for 25 years before retiring in 2011. Susan has written and lectured widely on women, public policy and gender equitable education. As a single mother of a developmentally and physically challenged daughter she has also been active in a variety of community organizations addressing the needs of disabled children and adults. She is firm believer in the feminist adages: the personal is political and there are no individual solutions. Thus her current writing addresses the many ways mothering and feminism contribute to and strengthen each other. Susan blogs more or less monthly on a group feminist blog at: http://thesocietypages.org/girlwpen
Virginia Fitzegrald
Virginia Fitzgerald is a multi-media artist, who works in sculpture, fiber arts, illustration & design, photography, painting and more. For years she has created and crafted her art with everyday objects, in the course of her everyday routine. much of Fitzgerald’s work breaks open aspects of the feminine experience within the universal human experience, using iconic imagery and the detritus from her daily life and surroundings. In 2006, with her discovery of the iconic image of the dress, and Fitzgerald’s ‘dress project’ was born. Through her work, she strives to inspire people to see the possibilities for themselves and the larger community. Fitzgerald works and lives outside boston and is constantly observing and learning with her two daughters and trusty dog, in a house full of love and creativity.

Upcoming programs:

  • Saturday, June 20th, 10:30 a.m.
    Sherri Stepakoff, Helena Leet and Kenny Selcer

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.