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 for our first program of Waking up to Smell the Poetry, Story and Songs of 2020
with singer-songwriter Mel Green and poet, Anna Friedrich as our guest features.
You are invited to gather with and listen to poets, musicians, spoken- word artists and tellers from near and far.
Consider bringing your own original, poem, song or story to read or tell at the open mic to help ring in this new year.
Happy New Year Wishes to all,

Your grateful host of 14 very wonderful seasons,

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

Mel Green
Mel Green grew up in suburban Johannesburg, South Africa during the 50s and 60s and has been singing since he was a toddler. He took up guitar at art school, refining his fingerpicking when he was a waiter at Johannesburg's Troubadour Coffeehouse. He became an advertising art director, but soon gave that up to go into professional music with his art school buddy, Mel Miller at the height of the folk boom, going pro soon after the early folk festivals. Mel emigrated to the USA in 1970, stopping along the way to play at the Cecil Sharpe House (English Folk Song Society) in London, ... and then in Greenwich Village coffeehouses like The Gaslight and Gerde's Folk City, as well as doing cabaret in the Poconos, before settling in Cambridge in 1972 where he played at Club Passim (formerly Club 47) after being invited by Bob Donlin to open for Sandy Bull and later for the great Rosalie Sorrels. He often plays around the Boston Open Mic scene, and at occasional solo gigs. As his songwriting has come to the fore, and he has picked up other instruments, as well as other styles of music and now plays some Mandolin, he still plays Harmonica, and also Electric Bass Guitar and Ukulele. All this encouraged him to plan a solo CD, his first... which was completed in 2010. Since releasing that CD in June of 2010, ("I'm Taking My Time") Mel's music is resonating with audiences and his CD is getting national airplay on radio stations in the USA, the UK, Europe and Australia.
Anna A. Friedrich
Anna A. Friedrich is a writer, speaker, cook, and tutor at L’Abri Fellowship near Boston, Massachusetts. Anna, her husband, and their two teenage sons live in an old New England mansion with 10-20 other people, depending on the day, wrestling with the big questions of meaning, faith, vocation, and the goodness of soup. Her poems have appeared in Crux, the Tishman Review’s Art on the Trails, and seven of her butterfly poems were included in an A Rocha International art exhibit titled The Butterfly Project in 2019.

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.