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



All are welcome to come out, bring friends and join us for this next morning program offering performances of song and poetry.
Guest features will be singer-songwriter Jay (Singing Spirit ) Cunningham and poet, Jason Tandon.
There will be an open mic following the first hour of feature performance with participants coming from near and far
to offer 3-4 minute contributions of poems, story and song.
The program takes place and is filmed before a live and deep-listening audience.
Consider what favorite or new contribution you might wish to share with others and have recorded in our studio.
Free Admission. Pass the hat for guest features.Doors open at 10:00. Free coffee donated by Starbucks.
Located at 77 Main St. Hopkinton, MA. Please send an email to request an open mic spot and to help us plan for adequate seating.

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

Jay (Singing Spirit) Cunningham
My name is Jay ( Singing Spirit ) Cunningham.

I am of Native American and Scotch/Irish decent and I am a singer-songwriter.

I have been known to cover the likes of Eric Bogel, Doogie Maclean, Ralph Mctell and Donovan along with my originals.

I also do Native American hand drumming and chanting along with some native flute.

I have been playing guitar and singing since the age of 11.

I have been happily married for 44 years to my wife Joanne and we are blessed with 3 grown kids and 8 beautiful grandchildren.

I spend most of the year drumming at powwows and gatherings and also have a classic rock band called CRS Project.

I was raised in the backwoods on the Norton / Easton Ma line but born in Taunton Ma.

Jason Tandon
Jason Tandon is the author of four books of poetry: The Actual World, Quality of Life, Wee Hour Martyrdom, and Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt, which won the 2006 St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection from Black Lawrence Press. His poems have been featured on NPR, and have appeared in such journals and magazines as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Esquire. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Middlebury College, his M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire, and he is a Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program at Boston University.

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.