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


Welcome back to our 12th season at Wake up and Smell the Poetry.

Our new season kicks off with poet and 4 times Pushcart Prize nominee Susan Roney-O'Brien of Princeton Ma., author and poet Jan Krause Greene of Bellingham Ma
and singer-songwriter and author of "The Hack Mechanic" column and four books, Rob Siegel of Newton, Ma.

This event is facilitated by founder/producer Cheryl Perreault who hosts a line-up of open mic contributions of poetry, story and song that follows the guest features.

It is the melding of the welcoming HCAM-TV Studio, the arts offered on stage by artists, musicians and writers as well as the audience willing to deeply listen to one another that makes the experience unique, creatively- charged, and communally inspired.

Please make open mic reservations and seating reservations in advance to help plan for seating.
We hope to see you there.

Cheryl Perreault, host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Susan Roney-O’Brien
Susan Roney-O’Brien lives in Princeton, MA where she works with international students and young writers. She curates a monthly poetry venue at The Thirsty Lab and is part of 4 X 4, a group of four visual artists and four poets who respond through art and poetry to each other’s work. She is the Summer Writing Series coordinator for The Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals, and been translated into Braille and Mandarin. Her publications include two chapbooks: Farmwife, the winner of the William and Kingman Page Book Award, and Earth published by Cat Rock Press. Her new collection, Legacy of the Last World, was published in March 2016 by WordTech. Her work has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes.
Jan Krause Greene
Jan Krause Greene explores the human heart as a novelist, poet and storyteller. Her column, "Homefront" was a popular feature in The Middlesex News from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. She has been a feature at a number of open mic and storytelling venues. Recently, she formed the Shadow and Light Storytellers, a collaboration with Cheryl Melody Baskin and Thea Iberall. A mother of 5 and grandmother of 6, her newest venture is the role of Mom in a comedy web series about a group of millennials. Her first novel, I Call Myself Earth Girl was published in 2013. She is currently working on the sequel and two other non-fiction books.
Rob Siegel
Rob Siegel is well known in Boston folk music circles as an innovative songwriter who draws from his idyllic yet stressed-out middle-class suburban existence and produces memorable, intelligent, well-crafted songs. Rob has opened for Bill Staines, Vance Gilbert, Jack Hardy, Geoff Muldaur, and others. His 2004 CD “Voices from the Right Brain: Rob Siegel Live at Club Passim” reached #52 on the FolkDJ ranking, which ain’t bad for a guy who almost never travels outside of Rt 495 for a gig. Rob took his foot off the gigging pedal in the mid-2000s when he projected the college bills for his three kids, but now that they’re grown, he is working on his first new CD in 13 years. (And yes, Rob is the same Rob Siegel who pens the automotive column "The Hack Mechanic" and has published four books. For the record, he does not wish to be known as the singing mechanic, and will deny that he has any songs about cars.)

Upcoming programs:


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.