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

We are excited to announce our next line-up for February 19th with guest features who are known... not only for their gift of words, but also for being highly innovative, not-necessarily always conforming but definitely out there as mover/shaker forces of the literary and performing arts world.

Taking place at HCAM TV Studios where it is warm inside always with a community of artists, writers and people of many places, all there to deeply listen.
Free admission, serving hot coffee,morning pastry and a little chocolate. Hope to see you there.

Admission is free. The public is welcome as the program takes place before a live audience. Reserve your seat/open mic spot now!
   your host, Cheryl Perreault

                        Contact Us

Ken Slaughter
Ken Slaughter is vice president of the Tanka Society of America. In 2015 Ken won first place in the Tanka Society of America’s international contest. He has received a number of other awards and has been published in many online and print journals, including Ribbons, A Hundred Gourds, Red Lights and Cattails. Some of Ken’s longer poems have been published online in Verse-Virtual, a site which features poet laureates from several states: www.verse-virtual.com. Ken is retired from a career in Information Technology and lives in Grafton with his wife and two cats. He also really enjoys a good cup of coffee.
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson is a First Amendment lawyer. He thinks: there’s no such thing as free speech if you don’t use it. After he takes off his tie, he talks to audiences in ways they don’t allow in federal court. He has performed in venues from San Francisco to London.
Sam Baler
Sam Baler is a Boston area guitarist and singer-songwriter. Last November he released his first EP which is available for free download at sambaler.bandcamp.com. He is currently working on his first full length release, which is anticipated to be out by the end of February. For more information on Sam, visit www.sambaler.com.

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 - T.B.A.
  • April 16, 2016 - T.B.A.
  • 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.