Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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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

You are invited to join us at HCAM-TV Studios for the first program of the new 10th season.
Our three guest features including poet and Mass Poetry program director Laurin Macios, award winning harpist/composer Haley Hewitt and award-winning artist and poetry coach Betsyann Duval. Open mic for poetry, story and original song to follow.

Hope to see you there!
   your host, Cheryl Perreault

                        Contact Us

Laurin Becker Macios
Laurin Becker Macios is the program director of Mass Poetry, a poetry outreach organization in Massachusetts. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Third Wednesday, Mudlark, Salamander, The Pinch, Boxcar Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of New Hampshire and lives in Boston with six plants and one wicked awesome husband. You can find her at www.laurinbeckermacios.com.
Betsyann Duval
Betsyann Duval has received awards in national exhibitions from noted jurors including a First Prize, Painting from Lisa Dennison, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum; a Director’s Prize from Maxwell Anderson, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art; and a Print Prize from Peter Rathbone, VP and Director of the American Paintings and Sculpture, Sotheby’s Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, is in private and corporate collections, and is included in The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Archives of Women Artists. Duval uses a variety of techniques including painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and performance. She works both conceptually and intuitively, selecting a technique and medium that will either fulfill a concept or inspire an intuitive response. Ms Duval is represented by the Bromfield Gallery, Boston, Printed Matter, New York. Cambridge Art Association.
Haley Hewitt
Haley Hewitt is one of the most exciting, innovative, and gifted harp players of the up-and-coming generation. Playing original music, but also interested in traditional music from around the world, Haley has been breaking boundaries and pushing the limits of what is possible for the instrument. She is interested in producing and promoting new compositions for the harp, recently releasing an EP-length recording of her collaboration project with English composer Michael O'Sullivan, The Valentia Suite. She is currently working on a recording project of her own newly composed material and looking forward to a 2015 full-length album release. Haley moved to Scotland in September 2011 to study lever harp as a Masters Degree student in the Scottish Music Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Scottish harp phenomenon Corrina Hewat. She graduated at the top of her class in 2013, and returned to the U.S. to pursue her career in playing, teaching, and writing music on the harp. Upon her return, she founded the Celtic Harp department at Neighborhood Music School and the Connecticut Harp Circle, which has since developed a faithful following. In September 2013, she was crowned USA National Scottish Harp Champion by the Scottish Harp Society of America, sponsored by the Clan Currie Society. In 2015 Haley moved to Boston, MA to grow and develop as a traditional musician. It is her dream to form a program for the advanced study of the lever harp in the United States.www.haleyhewitt.com www.facebook.com/haleytheharpist

Upcoming programs:

  • October 17, 2015 - Laurin Becker Macios, Betsyann Duval, Haley Hewitt
  • November 21, 2015 - T.B.A.
  • December 19, 2015 - T.B.A.
  • January 16, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • February 20, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • March 19, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • April 16, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • 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.