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

Saturday, April 16th 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Artists & Activist: poets, SUSAN EDWARDS RICHMOND, RICHARD FOX and singer-songwriters DAN TAPPAN, OEN KENNEDY

After our feature performances and a brief intermission for coffee and mingling, an hour of open mic performances will take place. Open mic spots offer a line-up of 3-4 minutes for individual contributions of poetry, story (literary reading or storytelling) or song. The mix of these open mic contributions is always impressive and many contributions can be viewed later on the edited cable tv programs. The program is filmed and later aired on local cable tv and also available on Pegmedia and Youtube.

   your host, Cheryl Perreault

Dan Tappan
After 27 years as a software engineer, Dan Tappan tired of working for corporations and decided to find other outlets for his creativity. With a lifelong love of Folk music, and having played guitar off-and-on since college, he decided to get serious about music and started taking guitar lessons; this led to performing at local open mikes. Eventually Dan discovered that crafting lyrics and melodies tickled the same creative area in his brain as developing software and he began writing his own songs. Dan writes lyrical songs from snippets of life, seasoned with dashes of humor, bits of philosophy, and an occasional pinch of pathos.
Richard Fox
Richard Fox was born and bred in Worcester MA. He attended Webster University, as much artist colony as college, in the early 1970's. These diverse cultures shaped his world view and love of words. He is the author of two poetry collections: Time Bomb (2013) and wandering in puzzle boxes (2015). When not writing about rock ’n roll or youthful transgressions, Richard’s poems focus on cancer from the patient's point of view drawing on hope, humor, and unforeseen gifts. He seconds Stanley Kunitz' motion that people in Worcester are "provoked to poetry." smallpoetatlarge.com
Oen Kennedy
Oen Kennedy is actually a bird who has taken human form for a little while in order to learn a few things less accessible from the air, or from Woodpecker roosting cavities. While living in West Africa in 1963, Oen, then barely 2 years old, attempted to fly across the living room by first focusing on the room's opposite corner, then launching into the air from a hassock, only to crash land and have his flying and soaring hopes temporarily dashed. But an alternative was found in underwater swimming, and in tree climbing which remain permanent passions. Oen's life has been a constant searching for places to dive and launch, and climb and roost, and writing poems and songs has been one of the best medicines for that journey.
Susan Edwards Richmond
Susan Edwards Richmond is the author of four poetry collections, and the forthcoming picture book Bird Count from Peachtree Publishers. She is poet-in-residence at Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio, where she organizes an annual plein air poetry event and posts a Poem of the Month on the farm's website. She is also President of the Robert Creeley Foundation, which presents an annual award to a nationally renowned poet and holds a statewide poetry contest for high school students. She lives in Acton and works at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm.

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.