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


After Groundhog Day is over, come out to Wake up and Smell the Poetry in the midst of February to celebrate award-winning poetry, story and song. On Saturday morning, February 18th guest features include tanka poet Ken Slaughter, storyteller Jo Radner and singer-songwriter Bridge & Davies. An open mic for poetry, story and song will follow. Open Mic spaces are limited and by advance reservation.

Come and join a community of poets, singer-songwriters,authors, storytellers and general enthusiasts of the arts who gather from near and far monthly, now in our 11th season. Hosted by Cheryl Perreault at HCAM TV Studios, the program takes place before a live audience. Free admission. Pass the hat for the features. Serving free hot coffee donated by Starbucks and bagels. Advance reservations for seats are recommended to help plan for adequate seating.

For questions send email to [email protected]. Looking forward to this program and hoping you can join us!

Cheryl Perreault, host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Jo Radner
Jo Radner has been studying, teaching, telling, and collecting stories most of her life, and has performed from Maine to Finland to Hawaii. She delights in eccentrics and believes that humor and gravity are good bedfellows. “Yankee Ingenuity” (also the title of her award-winning CD) could be the theme of many of her stories, built from the peculiar contrivances – sometimes successful, but usually disastrous – of her Maine family and their ancestors and neighbors. Jo is past president of the National Storytelling Network and the American Folklore Society.
Ken Slaughter
In 2011 Ken Slaughter came to the realization that most of his poems tend to be brief. He began searching for a short poetry form and discovered tanka. Ken’s tanka have been published in many online and print journals, including Ribbons, A Hundred Gourds, Red Lights, Cattails and Moongarlic. In 2012 he won second place in the Tanka Society of America annual contest. In 2015 he won first place in the contest and two of his poems received honorable mentions.
Ken currently serves as vice president of the Tanka Society of America. The TSA is an international organization with over 350 members from more than 10 countries. Ken lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with his wife and two cats. He loves Wake Up and Smell the Poetry, and highly recommends the coffee.
Bridge & Davies
Bridge & Davies features music duo singer-songwriters Marc Bridge and Perry Desmond-Davies. Marc Bridge has been characterized as "a story teller with a guitar who uses modern day society, politics and relationships to weave an entertaining view of life through his twisted lens. American dReam, his debut CD, will take you on a journey through the faults, endearments, and quirks of modern American society. Perry Desmond-Davies’ original songs relate to experiences in life, relationships, work, and even serious illness. They have each received glowing reviews of their individual CD's American dReam and Sweet Ride, which are both available for download or purchase at a variety of online distributors, notably CDBaby, Rhapsody and ITunes. the duo has recently released their first Bridge&Davies CD: a 9-song live recording from a recent house concert.

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 - Ken Slaughter, Jo Radner and Bridge & Davies
  • 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.