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


You are invited to Wake up to Smell the Poetry taking place next on third Saturday of March, March 18th when guests features will include Boston Artist-In Residence poet and film-maker Charles Coe, Celtic Seanchie and Storymaker Alan O'Hare and global activist and singer-songwriter Ron Israel.

Free coffee donated by Starbucks and bagels provided. Free admission with optional pass the hat donations for the features.
Always a vibrant community of artists, writers, singer-songwriters, musicians and enthusiasts of the arts!
Please reserve your seat/open mic spot below.

Cheryl Perreault, host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Charles Coe
Poet and writer Charles Coe is author of two books of poetry: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon, both published by Leapfrog Press. He is author of Spin Cycles, a novella published by Gemma Media. His essay Hill of Dreams, about his travels through the Soviet Union in 1988, appears in Inspired Journeys: Travels with the Muse (University of Wisconsin Press 2016). Peach Pie, a short film by filmmaker Roberto Mighty based on his poem Fortress, is currently showing in film festivals nationwide. Charles is the winner of a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He was selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014.” He in the second year of a three-year term as an Artist Fellow for the St. Botolph Club, an organization that supports arts and the humanities in Greater Boston. He has also been chosen as an Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston for 2017.
Alan O’Hare
Alan O’Hare is a seanchie, a storyteller from the ancient Celtic tradition, who has created over twenty plays and fifty original stories, and awakened the tales of countless people and communities regionally and nationally. He is also a university educator, psychologist and the Director of Life Story Theatre where he has written, directed and performed nationally and internationally with a joyful company of gifted musicians, dancers and visual artists. For further program information, please visit: Life Story Theatre www.lifestorytheatre.org and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLEGgw1FAOQ
Ron Israel
Writing songs and playing music comes naturally to me. It’s something I started doing instinctively when I was twelve years old. It’s my natural way of interpreting the world, and understanding the things that happen to me in life. I am fortunate to have had my music blessed by the many folks who attend my shows, and by a number of people I admire in “the music business;” like the late Columbia records producer John Hammond Senior, Ritchie Havens, Stephen Davis of Rolling Stone Magazine, Susan Stamberg of National Public Radio, and my long-time friend Peter Coyote. Over the past ten years I’ve made a deliberate effort to put some of my best tunes into CDs. Working in a small studio in Quincy Mass I’ve produced six records, all of which you can download from this site. My CD’s include “Beauty of the World,” a collection of blues, ballads and love songs; “Songs for a Developing World,” that describe work I’ve done in developing countries; “Songs for Children of All Ages and Stages,” a collection of tunes I wrote for my three kids; “Rock Buddha Rock,” a rock opera based on the life of the Buddha; a Folksinger’s Guide to Cancer, based on my experience being successfully treated for lymphoma, and my latest and greatest CD —- “Wisdom Songs” that reflect lessons learned from this life we all lead. I think you’ll enjoy listening to these CDs. Some of Boston’s best musicians play on them, back me up, and help bring my music to life.
Ron recently hosted and created The People's Inauguration Concert in Somerville Ma and also works in developing countries, including projects for UNICEF, UNESCO, and many other organizations which he notes has given him a truly unique perspective on the world.

Upcoming programs:

  • October 15, 2016 - Elizabeth Gordon McKim, The Parking Lot Gulls, Linda Hoffman
  • November 19, 2016 - Dan Lewis, John Schindler. and Daniel Bouchard
  • December 17, 2016 - cancelled
  • January 21, 2017 - Philip Robinson, Ruth Canonico and Rick Goggin & Junko Ogawa
  • February 18, 2017 - Ken Slaughter, Jo Radner and Bridge & Davies
  • March 18, 2017 - Charles Coe, Alan O'Hare and Ron Israel.
  • April 15, 2017 - Polly Brown, Dot Walsh and Carolyn Waters
  • May 21, 2017 - Neiel Israel, Sari Gail Waters and Abbey Perreault
  • June 18, 2017 -Wes Hazard, Thea Iberall and Steve Rapson

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.