Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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

Cheryl Perreault


Join us this month on April 15th as our three guest features include poet Polly Brown, singer-songwriter Carolyn Waters and author Dot Walsh. Each of these features not only offer their talents of writing and performance but also are known as activists of the arts who bring inspirational events of the arts to community and beyond. We celebrate National Poetry Month by saying thank you to such artist/activists for bringing their good work and their good words to the world. An always impressive open mic will follow for contributions of poetry, story/literary readings and song.

If you would like to reserve a seat please send an email to [email protected]

Cheryl Perreault, host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Dot Walsh
Dot Walsh was former chaplain of the world-renowned Sherborn Peace Abbey where she interfaced with world peace activists including Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Maya Angelou. She most recently presented the Courage of Conscience Award to the founders of Bethany House in Millis. .Dot also served as chaplain in Massachusetts state prisons and is author of Finding Light In The Darkness: Stories from Prison that bear witness to Hope, Faith and Love. She presently works as host for the Dedham Cable TV program "Oneness and Wellness". and is working on filming individuals in a project on trauma with a perspective that looks at healing the emotional charge associated with the memory of the event. She recently discovered the beautiful She Breathes Balance and Wellness studio and sees herself as a connector of people and loves all that life brings!
Polly Brown
Polly Brown has been writing, editing, teaching, proclaiming, and instigating poems for so long that she has stopped apologizing for it. She’s a long-term member of Every Other Thursday, a Boston-area group of poets. She has taught at the Worcester Art Museum, the Worcester County Young Writers Conference, in private groups and various public libraries including Hopkinton’s, and at Touchstone Community School. Her long-term enthusiasm for Wake Up and Smell the Poetry has blossomed into a role directing the poetry side of Hopkinton’s Art on the Trail. She has two published chapbooks, Blue Heron Stone, from Every Other Thursday Press, and Each Thing Torn from Any of Us, from Finishing Line Press. New manuscripts have sprung out of her life as a naturalist, and out of work with mentors at the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at U Mass Boston. Recent poems have appeared inAppalachia, The Worcester Review, and the anthology Bird Song, and online at Antiphon.
Carolyn Waters
Carolyn Waters is a singing/songwriter who performs in and around Boston and along the east coast. Her style, described as “socially conscious soul”, reflects her deep connection and love for all things music as well as her commitment to use music and the arts as a tool to promote healing and positive social change. As a songwriter her original music not only looks to support and encourage, but also challenges people to actively examine and change the world in which they live. In addition, as the current Music and Arts Director at the Common Street Spiritual Center she uses her position to create and support programming that awakens and encourages the buried voices within.

Upcoming programs:

  • October 15, 2016 - Elizabeth Gordon McKim, The Parking Lot Gulls, Linda Hoffman
  • November 19, 2016 - Dan Lewis, John Schindler. and Daniel Bouchard
  • December 17, 2016 - cancelled
  • January 21, 2017 - Philip Robinson, Ruth Canonico and Rick Goggin & Junko Ogawa
  • February 18, 2017 - Ken Slaughter, Jo Radner and Bridge & Davies
  • March 18, 2017 - Charles Coe, Alan O'Hare and Ron Israel.
  • April 15, 2017 - Polly Brown, Dot Walsh and Carolyn Waters
  • May 21, 2017 - Neiel Israel, Sari Gail Waters and Abbey Perreault
  • June 18, 2017 -Wes Hazard, Thea Iberall and Steve Rapson

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.