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


On Saturday morning, December 17th, guest features at Wake up and Smell the Poetry include Pushcart Poetry Nominee Susan Roney O'Brien, author/columnist Jan Krause Greene and singer-songwriter/author and recipient of 10 songwriting awards, Jan Fallon.
An open mic for poetry, story and song will follow. The public is welcome to join as audience.
Bagels and hot coffee donated by Starbucks are provided.
If you are interested in attending, please help us plan for adequate seating by reserving your seat in advance.

   your host, Cheryl Perreault

Susan Roney-O’Brien
Susan Roney-O’Brien lives in Princeton, MA where she works with international students and young writers. She curates a monthly poetry venue at The Thirsty Lab and is part of 4 X 4, a group of four visual artists and four poets who respond through art and poetry to each other’s work. She is the Summer Writing Series coordinator for The Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, and been translated into Braille and Mandarin. Her publications include two chapbooks: Farmwife, the winner of the William and Kingman Page Book Award, and Earth published by Cat Rock Press. Her new collection, Legacy of the Last World, was published in March 2016 by WordTech. Her work has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes.
Jan Krause Greene
Jan Krause Greene explores the human heart as a novelist, poet and storyteller. Her column, "Homefront" was a popular feature in The Middlesex News from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. She has been a feature at a number of open mic and storytelling venues. Recently, she formed the Shadow and Light Storytellers, a collaboration with Cheryl Melody Baskin and Thea Iberall. A mother of 5 and grandmother of 6, her newest venture is the role of Mom in a comedy web series about a group of millennials. Her first novel, I Call Myself Earth Girl was published in 2013. She is currently working on the sequel and two other non-fiction books.
Jane Fallon
Jane Fallon is an award winning veteran performer whose vocals that have been called “angelic” and “mesmerizing” by Boston's Metronome magazine. Her original songs “combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual.” (Wildy's World Music blog). Her 2010 CD “Gemini Rising”, has been called by rambles.net "a collection of songs that stitches itself together note by note and warms the soul." She has recently finished her 5th CD of original music, “Tangled in a Tree,” nominated by Limelight Magazine as CD of the year, and called “powerful, inspirational, uplifting and impressive.” Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music. com Jane is also an author whose book about her father’s life journey, from sharecropper’s son to cowboy, is chronicled in her new book “Seven Songs in Seven Days: The Journey of an Arkansas Traveler”. Review Corinne Smith says, “ Seven Songs” offers “not only good storytelling, but also a few peeks into the creative process of songwriting” and offers us the opportunity to “better understand the paths we take.” She has recently completed a new book on songwriting called “Beyond Reason: Songwriting On Purpose.”

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 - T.B.A.
  • January, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • 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.