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

Saturday, May 21st 10:30 a.m.
You are invited to HCAM Studios on Saturday morning May 21st when our guest features will be award-winning poet Maggie Dietz, singer-songwriter Cosy Sheridan accompanied by musician Charlie Koch and the four high school student finalists of the Helen Creeley Poetry Award.
An open mic for poetry, story and song will follow.
Come and join to contribute at the open mic and/or be a part of our listening audience as well!

   your host, Cheryl Perreault

Maggie Dietz
Maggie Dietz is the author of the new poetry collection That Kind of Happy and Perennial Fall, which won New Hampshire’s Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. For many years she directed the national Favorite Poem Project, and is coeditor, with Robert Pinsky, of three anthologies related to the project: Americans’ Favorite Poems, Poems to Read and An Invitation to Poetry (all published by W.W. Norton & Co.). Her poems appear widely in journals such as Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Agni, and Salmagundi. Her awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She teaches in the creative writing concentration at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Cosy Sheridan
Cosy Sheridan first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won the New Folk songwriting contest at The Kerrville Folk Festival and the Troubadour Award at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and then released her critically acclaimed CD “Quietly Led” on Waterbug Records. The Boston Globe wrote “She is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters.”
Her 2014 release, Pretty Bird, was chosen as one of Sing Out Magazine's "Great CDs of 2014.”
In her new CD, Sometimes I Feel Too Much, she weaves deeply felt experiences from her own life into finely crafted musical tapestries - connecting the personal to the universal, and inviting us to a deeper experience of our own life. The first song, Eurydice Goodnight, is a goodbye to her home in the American southwest and parallels the story of Orpheus’ and his lost wife with saying goodbye to a beloved landscape. Many of the songs were co-written with her husband and bass player, Charlie Koch.
Sheridan’s concerts are wide-ranging explorations: love songs for adults and practical philosophy for a complicated world. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. She has re-written greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women. Her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive percussive guitar style.
For the past 20 years she has taught classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.
Poetry Finalists
The 2016 Helen Creeley High School Student Poetry Finalists posing with poet Tracy K. Smith including (left to right) : "Christopher LaMountain, Alma Bitran, (Tracy K. Smith), Samantha Mackertich and Meera Joseph

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.