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




Doors open at 10:00 a.m, program begins at 10:30 and ends by 1:00
Taking place at HCAM TV STUDIOS, 77 Main St. Hopkinton, MA
Hosted by Cheryl Perreault Free Admission, Free Coffee and Bagels

   your host, Cheryl Perreault

Marina Keegan
Marina Keegan was a writer of short stories, personal essays, social commentary, poems, and plays: a literary pentathlete. She grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts and attended Yale University where she majored in English, was a leader of Occupy Yale; served as one of the youngest paid staffers on the Obama campaign;and organized panels on health care and homelessness. As a writer, she won the Meeker English Prize, the ORLO Writing Award, and Yale’s Moth Story Slam. During her college years, she also won David Rakoff’s Gilded Ink Writing Contest and heard her story read on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Her work appeared in The New Yorker online and The New York Times, and she is the only person ever to have been honored for both fiction and nonfiction by the Norman Mailer College Writing Competition. “The Opposite of Loneliness,” was Marina’s final message to her college classmates, distributed in a special edition of the Yale Daily News at the 2012 Commencement exercises. After her death in a car accident five days after she graduated magna cum laude, her words of inspiration resounded around the globe, receiving 1.4 million hits in 98 countries and transforming her into an icon for her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is culled from the rich trove of writing Marina left behind when she died at 22. Her family, friends, and teachers worked together to find the most recent versions of her essays and stories and chose the best. Marina’s death became a summons to life for the millions who have heard her words. “Let’s make something happen to this world,” she wrote. Her readers have taken up her challenge by making documented changes in their lives and the lives of others.
Marina's writing will be represented at Wake up and Smell the Poetry on June 18th by her mother,Tracy Keegan.
Outrageous Fortune
Outrageous Fortune is a Boston-based acoustic trio whose broad repertoire ranges from early jazz, blues, and jug band music, to traditional and contemporary folk.The trio features Chris Welles on fingerstyle guitar and vocals; Rod Thomas on harmonicas and vocals; and Dan Dick on jug, washboard, upright bass, dobro, and vocals. In addition to their instrumental virtuosity, audiences relish their smooth three-part vocal harmonies, strong groove, and the abundant joy that infuses every performance. Outrageous Fortune has been bringing smiles to countless New England audiences since 1998 at coffeehouses, festivals, clubs, public libraries, and private parties. Visit their website at http://www.outrageousfortune.org
Martha Collins
Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016). She has also published seven earlier collections, including Day Unto Day, White Papers, and the book-length poem Blue Front, as well as four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry. Collins has won numerous awards for her work, including an Anisfield-Wolf Award, two Ohioana awards, the Laurence Goldstein poetry prize, and fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Founder of the creative writing program at UMass-Boston, she served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College for ten years, and is currently editor-at- large for FIELD magazine.

Upcoming programs:

  • October 17, 2015 - Laurin Becker Macios, Betsyann Duval, Haley Hewitt
  • November 21, 2015 - Barbara Kessler, Sandra Corcoran, Meg Tyler
  • December 19, 2015 - Kate Chadbourne, Cynthia Franca and Patiño Vázquez
  • January 16, 2016 - Lisa Breger, Rich Berg and Buffie Groves
  • February 20, 2016 - Ken Slaughter, Michael Anderson and Sam Baler
  • March 19, 2016 - Women in World Jazz
  • April 16, 2016 - Celebrate National Poetry Month with Artists & Activists
  • May 21, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • June 18, 2016 - 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.