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

Join us on Saturday morning, November 21st when our guest features will include poet Meg Tyler, singer-songwriter Barbara Kessler and author Sandra Corcoran.

Each performance/reading will be followed by a brief q&a with the audience.

A 16- spot open mic for poetry, story and song will follow with at least 2 lottery spots available.

The program takes place before a live audience. The public is welcome, free coffee and bagels.

Below, reserve a seat and/or open mic spot or email for more information.

Hope to see you there!
   your host, Cheryl Perreault

                        Contact Us

Barbara Kessler
Barbara Kessler is a nationally recognized singer and songwriter. Her debut CD won the Boston Music Award and she has won songwriting awards and contests at major music festivals throughout the US.
Her songs have been featured in hundreds of placements on network television as well as on music compilations on Rounder and Putamayo Records among others.
Barbara has a recording studio in her antique barn where she recorded her latest album, "What You Keep" and where she currently coaches and records singers and songwriters.
“After taking a decade-long hiatus from record-making and touring to focus on her family, she’s back with 10 gems wrapped in her exquisite voice and shining with the joy that comes from aging, acceptance and boatloads of gratitude.” Performing Songwriter
Sandra Corcoran
Sandra Corcoran, M.Ed is a national/international holistic practitioner, shamanic counselor, workshop facilitator, teacher and speaker. Author of Shamanic Awakening: Between the Dark and the Daylight, and the recently released cd compilation of meditations, Souled Out. She has been mentored in both modern and ancient healing modalities for the past 30 years throughout North, Central and South America, Egypt, Greece, Ireland and England, by diverse wisdom keepers and indigenous elders within ancient cultures. The potency of these teachings and energetic healing paradigms, still hold true millennia later, and are being proven today by studies in new biology, epi-genetics, and quantum physics. As a writer she's given numerous radio interviews and had articles published in a variety of publications spanning topics from the mystical and transformative, the power of the dreamtime, and healthcare design trends used to uplift patients in high stress hospital settings. She has a private office at Roots & Wings Healing Arts Center in Natick, MA. Please see her website: www.starwalkervisions.com for more information.
Meg Tyler
Professor Meg Tyler is Chair of the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture at Boston University. She is also the 2016 Fulbright Professor of Anglophone Irish Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queens University in Belfast. Her book on Seamus Heaney, A SINGING CONTEST, was published by Routledge in 2005. She is also author of a chapbook of poems, POOR EARTH. Her poems and prose have appeared in LITERARY IMAGINATION, THE KENYON REVIEW, AGNI, THE IRISH REVIEW and other journals.

Upcoming programs:

  • October 17, 2015 - Laurin Becker Macios, Betsyann Duval, Haley Hewitt
  • November 21, 2015 - Barbara Kessler, Sandra Corcoran, Meg Tyler
  • December 19, 2015 - T.B.A.
  • January 16, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • February 20, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • March 19, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • April 16, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • May 21, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • June 18, 2016 - T.B.A.

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.