Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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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


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No, they don't gather in some hip little cafe crowded with creatures of the night. But all the passion and prose of a fervent literary event can be found at the free Wake up and smell the poetry sessions held on Saturday morning each month at the HCAM-TV Studio in Hopkinton. --The Boston Globe, October, 2009

 10.18.14
Our 9th season will get started on October 18th with Cambridge novelist Anne Bernays, Nahant poet/author, Con Squires, and Boston-area singer-songwriter/author Terry Kitchen. A limited open mic will follow with participants from near and far offering contributions of poetry, story and song. Come on out to HCAM Studios, whether to contribute or simply to listen and be inspired.Doors open at 10:00 a.m. , coffee, tea and scones are available and the program gets started at 10:30 a.m.
your host, Cheryl Perreault
Terry Kitchen
Award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen's songs are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. He has released ten CDs of original music since the 1990s, and his songs have won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. He has also just published a novel, Next Big Thing, set in the 1980s Boston music scene, when Aerosmith, J. Geils and The Cars were all at their peak and some two thousand lesser-known bands, like Kitchen's own '80s group Loose Ties, were engaged in a nightly battle for existence and glory. More on Terry at www.terrykitchen.com
"One of New England's finest songwriters"-The Boston Globe
Anne Bernays
Anne Bernays is the author of ten novels and co-author of three non-fiction books. long-time teacher of writing at B.U., B.C. Holy Cross, etc. currently teaches fiction writing at Harvard's Nieman Foundation. has published scores of essays, book reviews, travel pieces in national magazines and newspapers. Anne was married to the late biographer Justin Kaplan. Mother of three, grandmother of six, she lives in Cambridge, Ma.
Con Squires
Con Squires is an author and poet from the North Shore who describes the act of writing as "getting a tickle in the head that won’t stop until" he writes something. He has a chapbook of poetry with Puddinghouse Press, Dancing with the Switchman, a trade book, Teach Yourself to Write Irresistible Fundraising Letters, published by Precept Press, a historical novel about the First Emperor of newly united China in 221 B.C.,First Emperor: Tales from the Jade Room, with Marshall Cavendish Press and more recently, a full-length book of poems, Ifka’s Castle, published by Every Other Thursday Press . About the “Ifka” poems, fellow- poet John Hodgen wrote that “Something at the center of every poem wants to dance.” The poems in “Ifka” travel from youth to age, aloneness to fellowship,and China to Canada to California. They are often humorous...written in many different modes and voices. Con's humor also comes through by acknowledging that ...like the man with a closet full of pancakes, he has" trunks full of poems stashed away." Con also confesses that although he loves to do readings—the only thing that reliably stops him is the presence nearby, of a plate of jelly donuts.
 

Upcoming programs:

  • November 15: Karen Skolfield, Diana Whitney and Licia Sky
  • December 20: Ted Reinstein, Dan Zampino and Lloyd Thayer
 

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.