Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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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

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No, they don't gather in some hip little cafe crowded with creatures of the night. But all the passion and prose of a fervent literary event can be found at the free Wake up and smell the poetry sessions held on Saturday morning each month at the HCAM-TV Studio in Hopkinton. --The Boston Globe, October, 2009

Our last program of the season will take place on Saturday morning, June 21st at HCAM TV Studios with California poets Teresa Mei Chuc and Elijah Imlay and singer-songwriter duo Ergo Canto. Elijah Imlay’s first book of poems, Monsoon Blues was inspired by his time spent playing clarinet with a band during the Vietnam War. He has conducted writing workshops for veterans of war through Poets & Writers, Inc. and PEN Center USA. Teresa Mei Chuc has two books of her poetry published and she is a fellow/teacher consultant of the Los Angeles Writing Project and teaches literature/ writing at a public inner-city middle school. Ergo Canto is a musician duo mix of contemporary and traditional folk music, including their own originals, with arrangements that have been described as ethereal and eclectic.
An open mic for contributions of poetry, story and song will follow.
Hope to see you there!
your host, Cheryl Perreault
Ergo Canto
Ergo Canto ("Therefore We Sing") is Paul Beck and Leslie Bryant, a folk duo from Boston's Metro West, performing their own original songs as well as traditional songs and covers.
Paul is a retired software designer who plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and cittern. Leslie works as a speech therapist in the Boston Public School system. She plays flute, fiddle, and harmonica. Leslie also sponsors a music education program for disadvantaged children in Cusco, Peru. Ergo Canto have two CDs on Paul's "Lady of Carlisle" label and are currently recording a third. They can be reached through their website at www.ergocanto.org.
Elijah Imlay
Elijah Imlay’s first book of poems, Monsoon Blues, was published in 2011. He has conducted writing workshops for veterans of war through Poets & Writers, Inc. and PEN Center USA. He is the recipient of three Artist Fellowship Awards from the City of Ventura, California, has won honorable mentions for the 2006 Ruskin Art Club/Red Hen Press Award, the 2004 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize, and the 2002 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize. As a social worker, he has provided psychotherapy and other mental health services in a variety of settings. He gives professional workshops on the treatment of
anxiety and panic using traditional breathing methods. Imlay teaches web courses on meditation for the Institute of Applied Meditation and guides individual and group retreats. He lives in Ventura, California.
Teresa Mei Chuc
Teresa Mei Chuc was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War while her father remained in a Vietcong "reeducation" camp for nine years. Her poetry appears in journals such as Hawai’i Pacific Review, Hypothetical Review, Kyoto Journal, The National Poetry Review, Verse Daily and in anthologies such as New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press, 2010), With Our Eyes Open: Poems of the New American Century (West End Press, 2014), and Mo’ Joe (Beatlick Press, 2014). Red Thread is her first full-length collection of poetry. Teresa’s second collection of poetry, Keeper of the Winds, is forthcoming from FootHills Publishing in 2014.

Upcoming programs:

  • That's all for this season, folks!

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.