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


January 21st Announcing guest features Philip Robinson, Ruth Canonico and Rick Goggin & Junko Ogawa
and open mic for poetry, story and song with an invitation to offer contributions honoring the peace /& justice -minded leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Inviting you to join our first program of 2017 with poet Philip Robinson, storyteller/musician Ruth Canonico and singer-songwriter duo Rick Goggin and Junko Ogawa
Open Mic for poetry, literary readings, storytelling and song hosted by Cheryl Perreault .

Taking place at HCAM TV Studios located at 77 Main Street in Hopkinton, MA. The programs are filmed before a live audience. Admission is free. Pass the hat for the features.

Serving free hot coffee donated by Starbucks and pastry.
Advance sign up for open mic and seating is recommended.

   your host, Cheryl Perreault

Rick Goggin and Junko Ogawa
Rick Goggin was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. His main musical interests are Rock, Blues, and Country. Most of the credit for this goes to his Mom who gave him his first guitar at the age of 12. In his teens and twenties he played in bands around the Boston area. In the mid 1980's he gave up the music business to get married and raise a family. Fast forward 25 years and he decided to come back to music. In 2011 he started to attend the Roslindale Open Mike where he met Junko Ogawa, soon to join her band as a guitarist. In 2012 Rick and Junko got together to perform a song as duo and have enjoyed performing together since.
Junko Ogawa, born and raised in Yokohama, Japan is a singer-songwriter whose musical foundation is a classical piano training. Her passion is an expression of emotion and communication with her audience through songs. Her influences are Chopin, Sting, and Sarah Vaughan to name a few. She enjoys collaboration with Rick Goggin who has a background and influences that are different from her own.
Ruth Canonico
Raised in a family where stories and singing were a daily ingredient of family and community life, Ruth Canonico has traveled to Great Britain, Europe and the Near East collecting stories, songs, children's games and folklore from the rich oral heritages of the Scottish and other Traveling Folk, and from the countries represented by the children and families who have been in the schools/cultural programs where she has served as a teacher, program leader and trainer.She has performed as a traditional folk-ballad singer and storyteller at festivals, folk song and storytelling clubs, schools, libraries, museums, churches, and community centers in Great Britain and New England for just over 30 years. Her "Twice Upon A Time:Tunefully Told Tales" program offers performances and curriculum building workshops in music, storytelling and making; seasonal folklore customs; stories and activities for sharing nature and honoring the earth; multi-cultural stories; Peace stories and community building activities; Scottish (Gypsy) Traveler and Nomadic tales; American Colonial Children's Games and Pastimes,(told in full Colonial dress);and Native American teaching tales for school aged children grades K-5. Accompanying herself on Appalachian dulcimer, as well as on chord harp, and guitar, Ruth also offers a delightful family concerts for children of all ages and the young at heart. All performances and workshops are designed to be inclusive of all abilities. Most recently Ruth produced and Hosted the Fourth Friday Open Mic at the Chelmsford Center of the Arts 2012-2015 inviting singers, musicians, poets and storytellers to share their gifts in an intimate cafe style setting. Ruth has also produced programs and concerts with the support of Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants and has presented at the Regional and National Storytelling conferences: Sharing the Fire and the NSN Storytelling Festivals.
Philip Robinson
Philip Robinson is a poet anthologized in The Road Before Us: Gay Black Poets in the Life, A Black Gay Anthology, When the Drama Club Is Not Enough, and The Last Closet: The Real Lives Of Lesbian And Gay Teachers and Life In Our Own Words: A Publication By The Writers Of Color Workshop. Philip is the recipient of the Audre Lorde Award for Poetry presented by the Greater Boston Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance and is a 1995 Hometown Video Festival Winner. He has also been awarded the Boston City Council Proclamation, AIDS ACTION Committee Volunteer Recognition Award for World AIDS Day, Multicultural AIDS Coalition's Joseph C. Cardozzo Education Award, BAGLY's (Boston Gay Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth) The Michael Pumphret Distinguished Service Award, GLSEN Visionary Award, Black Pride New England Community Warrior Award for Courage, The Massachusetts State House Representative Proclamation: Comprehensive School Age Parenting Program, the Big Sister Service Recognition Award and most recently AIDS Action Committee's 25th Year Recognition Award. He has written and published two books of poetry including Secret Passages: A Trilogy of Thought and We Still Leave a Legacy which is in its 4th printing. His forthcoming book of poetry is titled In the Trenches: The Voice of a Guidance Counselor. Philip is retired after 32 years of working for the City of Boston /Boston Public Schools. He lives in West Roxbury Ma with his life-partner of 35 years, Joseph Jackson, also a retired Boston Public School teacher of 35 years.

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, 2016 - cancelled
  • January, 2017 - Philip Robinson, Ruth Canonico and Rick Goggin & Junko Ogawa
  • February, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • March, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • April, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • May, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • June, 2017 - 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.