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. Limited open mic slots are available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault

 
Wake up and Smell the Poetry at HCAM-Studios
Come and join for our last program of the 2018-2019 season.

Our guest features will be poet Patrick Donnelly and folk singer-songwriter Tom Smith. An open mic will follow with contributions of poetry, story and song from seasoned as well as beginner writers and performers from near and far.

Free admission and the public is welcome.

Taking place at the warm and welcoming HCAM TV Studios, 77 Main St. in Hopkinton, MA. Doors open at 10:00 am and we get started at 10:30.
Hot coffee is donated from Starbucks in Hopkinton and bagels are usually there on the table too.

Just sign up below if you would like to reserve a seat and/or sign up for open mic.

With gratitude I believe that every program in our past season has offered a vibrant and inspiring community-rich fusion of sharing art with one another.
Come and join this last program of the season and if you haven't seen past shows, take a look at our archives on this webpage as well.

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


                                    
 
Patrick Donnelly
Patrick Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Little-Known Operas from Four Way Books in 2019. About Donnelly’s most recent book, Mary Ruefle wrote: “The poems in Little-Known Operas delight me with their wit, pathos, expertly executed confusion, and their sincere and exuberant wondering.” Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts. Donnelly was 2015 – 2017 poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. His other awards include the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, and a 2018 Amy Clampitt Residency Award. More at www.patrickdonnellypoetry.com
Tom Smith
Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over thirty-five years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. For more information go to www.tomsmithmusic.com
 

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.