Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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Wake Up and Smell the Poetry Friday. 5:00 PM Thursday, 4:30 AM Thursday, 12:00 PM Monday, 7:00 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. Limited open mic slots are available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault


Come out and join us to celebrate the poetry and songs of power couple Trisha Knudsen and Phil Knudsen on February 16th! Their solo and duo performances of poetry and song about relationships, daily life and the natural world are quietly observant, honest and open-hearted as well as soulfully captivating. Deeply committed to their art and to participation in folk music and poetry circles, Trisha and Phil have graced their communities near and far not only with their readings and performances of poetry and song, but also through their ongoing devotion and dedication to also making time for family, friends from many circles and helping those in need in their community.
This event is hosted by Cheryl Perreault at HCAM TV Studios located at 77 Main St, Hopkinton, MA.
The public is welcome to join as community and gather with an exciting mix of musicians, writers and enthusiasts of the arts who come from near and far. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30. Admission is free and hot coffee is provided by Starbucks. Our black box style stage and seating offers an intimate and up-close sense of connection with the audience members while the studio can accommodate up to 100.
Please sign up if you wish to reserve a seat as well as to sign up for open mic as spaces are limited.

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

Trisha Knudsen
Trisha Knudsen has been writing poetry for nearly 45 years. A retired teacher of special needs and gifted children, Trisha is most recently the creator and owner of RetreatQuest, a business offering creative arts and writing workshops and retreats for women, with the hope of reintroducing them to their inner artists. Find her at www.retreatquest.com.Most at home in the natural world since childhood, Trisha's poetry can be mainly found in outdoor/plein air publications. She was the recipient of the First Place Prize for the 2018 Wayland Poetry Contest and a number of her poems have been published in plein air poetry journals including "Finding Solace in the Woods" in 2017 and "Unexpected Gestures"), 2018 for the Art on the Trails annual reading series. In her spare time, Trisha also enjoys playing with her three young grandchildren, creating art, reading poetry and singing with her husband, Phil.

Phil Knudsen
Phil Knudsen is a beloved singer-songwriter (near and far) and retired Research Chemist with a broad range of interests.

Upon retirement in 2012, he became the Executive Director of Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham. He is now enjoying a retired lifestyle that focuses on spending time with his family and new grandchildren and making time to play guitar and perform his songs at local venues. Phil is a self-taught finger style guitar player with an appreciation for all musical genres. He and Trisha combine harmonies and poetic lyrics in venues throughout New England.


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.