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

On February 21st, HCAM Studios will host a one hour program with guest features Claire Willis, Amy Mevorach and G. S. Picard. Claire Willis will offer a reading and power point presentation on her new book LASTING WORDS: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life (Green Writer Press, March 2014). Amy Mevorach will offer a feature of her original poetry. She has performed in Boston and New York City and has also worked as an editor for Books of Hope and The Hudson Review in New York City. G. S. Picard will conclude with a performance of her original songs. She is a host of the spirited Groton open mic has opened for notable performing artists including Cheryl Wheeler, Patty Larkin, Rod Picott and more. An exciting open mic will follow a brief intermission with 18 participants from near and far offering contributions of poetry, story and song. Free admission but please reserve a seat in advance.

Hope to see you there!
   your host, Cheryl Perreault

No matter where in the U.S. you live, you are welcome to take a look at some/all of our past shows that are posted online. You are also welcome to help spread the word about the importance of bringing/sharing poetry, story and song with community. Just ask your local tv station to locate past shows on PEGMEDIA and air them on your local cable tv station as they are now all accessible in the U.S.

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Claire Willis
Claire Willis, LICSW, MA, M.ed is the author of LASTING WORDS: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life (Green Writer Press, March 2014). Claire is a clinical social worker, a yoga teacher and an ordained lay chaplain with a concentration in end-of-life work. For over 25 years, she has maintained a private practice with a focus on bereavement and end of life concerns. Claire is the co-founder of Facing Cancer Together, a non profit offering support and educational services to people living with cancer, their caregivers and loved ones. She is an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA where she co-teaches Spiritual Resources for Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit. Claire was a former staff member of The Wellness Community where she directed the bereavement program, yoga/meditation and the therapeutic writing program. For l5 years she was faculty member at the Family Institute of Cambridge, a post graduate training center where she taught Therapeutic Writing for Clinical Practice and co-taught New Methods in Group Process for over l5 years. Claire is currently working on her second book-Write to the Heart of Grief- for those who have lost loved ones. Claire is the great-granddaughter of Olympia Brown.
G. S. Picard
G. S. (Gayle) Picard bridges the gap between folk and rock, equally at home with a fingerstyle ballad or a rhythm driven bootstomper. Her eclectic blend of original tunes run the gamut of content and emotion. An engaging live performer, she has been a staple of the Indie music scene since 2005, playing numerous solo and full band gigs. In addition to many headlining performances, she has opened for such notable artists as Rod Picott and Amanda Shires, Cheryl Wheeler and Patty Larkin. She has released 4 CDs to date, CONTRIBUTION, with Sanctuary Studios, and with Root Cellar Records: SECOND COMING, PLASTIC WORLD, and THE GRAY. She also runs the very popular Acoustic Café Open Mic, in Groton, Mass.
Amy Mevorach
Winner of the Natick poetry slam in 2013 and 2014, Amy Mevorach has performed poetry and competed in poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Cantab Lounge, the Lizard Lounge, the Dirty Gerund and other venues, since 2000, featuring most recently at Gallery 55 in Natick. She has worked as an editor for The Hudson Review in NYC and for Books of Hope in Somerville, and has conducted poetry workshops and slams in school and church communities. She earned a degree in Creative Writing from Middlebury College, and has published fiction, poetry, book reviews and restaurant reviews under her former name, Amy Karr. Amy lives in Natick with her husband, Rev. Ian Mevorach (founder and pastor of Common Street Spiritual Center) and their four daughters. “My poems are not soft and pretty; they are hard and striking, like stones, like truth, and every time I stand at the microphone I am David, giving it to Goliath.”

Upcoming programs:

  • Saturday, March 21st, 10:30 a.m.
    Johnny Flaherty, Bruce Marcus and Ron Israel
  • Saturday, April 18th, 10:30 a.m.
    Ruth Edmonds Hill, Linda Havel and Sandi Hammond
  • Saturday, May 16th, 10:30 a.m.
    Susan Bailey,Virginia Fitzgerald & Camille Breeze

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.