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

Doors Open 10:00 and the program runs 10:30 a.m.-1:00

Welcome to our 14th Season at Wake up and Smell the Poetry that takes place at HCAM-TV Studios located at 77 Main St., Hopkinton, MA. Guest features include hip hop poet and performing artist, Walnut Da Lyrical Geni and singer-songwriter Ruthann Schulman Baler.

This program is filmed before a live audience who are there as contributors and enthusiasts of the literary arts and performing arts. An open mic for poetry, story and songs follows the feature performance. Filming of open mic contributors is optional. Admission is free. Advance reservations for attendance and open mic are requested to ensure adequate seating.

I am always impressed and inspired by how this program unfolds itself with the people who attend and contribute their art of written word and song. I suspect those in attendance depart past programs with a multitude of voices of the arts that remain within and might get relayed beyond as well. I very much look forward to this next new season at HCAM Studios beginning on October 19th.

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

Walnut Da Lyrical Geni
Walnut Da Lyrical Geni is a hip hop poet who specializes in theatrical poetry. Walnut's name symbolizes his life due to the shell's hard rough rugged surface
which is the body protecting a very delicate inner being; “the soul. He also is known for his contributions in the performing arts as an author, playwright, singer/songwriter, producer/actor, comedian, music/sound engineer and facilitator of poetry/hip hop expressive writing workshops. Walnut is also highly involved in community work and has served on several local organizations including Project Enable, The Cultural Council and former President/Executive Director of Lynn Community Association. Currently he is Event Chairperson for Salem Arts Association and also works/volunteers in after-school settings promoting art as a key component of youth expressionism. Walnut is a contributing writer of the Anthology "Mad Men of Lynn" and has recorded two albums, ‘once tha shell is broken’ and ‘Love Is In Your Face.’
Ruthann Schulman Baler
Ruthann Schulman Baler is a singer-songwriter whose songs have been described as a blend of pop and folk, with blues and country undertones. She released her first album “Life on Mars” in 2009 and released “Rivers & Trains” in 2018. Her latest CD is a 10-track album that features rivers, trains, and roads as the symbolic channels through life’s changes. After living in the Boston area for many years she moved to NYC this year to be closer to family. She is currently working on a new music project and collaborating with several New York City-based musicians.

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.