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


I am delighted to announce the start of the 11th season at Wake up and Smell the Poetry which takes place at the warm and welcoming HCAM-TV Studios!
We begin with a very exciting line-up on October 15th including the poetry of poet/author./educator Elizabeth McKim and the literary work of sculptor/ author/orchardist Linda Hoffman and will end the first hour with a performance of original music performed by Parking Lot Gulls (Leah Raczynski and Jeremy Marshall)
The open mic line-up reservations have started and will offer 4 minute contributions of poetry, story and song by beginner and experienced writers and performing artists from near and far.

Hope to see you there! Please send an email to help plan for seating and open mic accommodations.

   your host, Cheryl Perreault

Elizabeth Gordon McKim
Elizabeth Gordon McKim is a poet, spoken word performance artist, editor, and teacher of poetry for people of all ages. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, and one teaching guide Beyond Words co-authored with Judith Steinbergh poet laureate of Brookline. Her poems and essays have appeared in many magazines, reviews and journals including Ploughshares, Poetry and Drum Voices. She is Poetry Editor of the international journal POIESIS published in Toronto Canada. Her book of poetry The Red Thread was published by Leapfrog Press edited by Marge Piercy and published by Ira Wood. McKim is Poet Laureate at the European Graduate School EGS is a member of the graduate faculty of Lesley University where she has been an adjunct faculty member for over forty years, and she has worked with teachers throughout the US, helping them to weave poetry into their daily life and curriculum.
The Parking Lot Gulls
The Parking Lot Gulls is a new duo out of Worcester, MA. Taking inspiration from the lost looking seagulls found throughout the parking lots of Massachusetts and beyond, neighbors Leah Raczynski and Jeremy Marshall began playing music that couldn't fit easily into any one genre. The two are largely self-taught musicians who have been playing and writing music since a young age. They are currently experimenting with new sounds as well as developing old ones. They hope to comfortably resonate with people while also causing them to dwell on the strange and emotional moments of everyday life.
Linda Hoffman
Linda Hoffman has been part of the New England artist community since the early 1980’s. Her art includes indoor and outdoor sculpture, public installations, digital prints, three chapbooks of poetry and the Fine Art letterpress book, Winter Air. Hoffman’s work is in the collections of Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, NY, Hechinger Tool Museum, DC, the Acton Arboretum, the Town of Littleton, NH, as well as many private collections. She is the orchardist at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard and curator of the farm’s annual outdoor sculpture exhibit. A Zen Buddhist whose Dharma name, Shinji, means Truth (in the) Soil, Hoffman writes a weekly blog: Apples, Art, and Spirit.

Upcoming programs:

  • October 15, 2016 - Elizabeth Gordon McKim, The Parking Lot Gulls, Linda Hoffman
  • November 21, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • December 19, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • January 16, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • February 20, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • March 19, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • April 16, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • May 21, 2017 - T.B.A.
  • June 18, 2017 - 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.