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. Limited open mic slots are available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault

Wake Up And Smell The Poetry offers a unique setting where poets, authors, spoken word artists and songwriters gather monthly to go deep in both performance and listening to the art of poetry, story and songs and occasionally other art-forms in a welcoming and intimate small black-box performance setting. On Saturday morning, March 14th, HCAM Studios will host poet, Joan Houlihan and Deb Goss will be singing some of her favorite Terence Hegarty songs to his guitar accompaniment. An open mic will follow for 3-4 minute performances of poetry, story and songs. Please sign up to reserve an open mic spot. This monthly program takes place at HCAM TV Studios, 77 Main St. Hopkinton, MA. The program is filmed before a live audience.
The public is welcome to join. Admission is free. Please reserve a seat to help plan for adequate seating. The hat is passed for the guest features. Free coffee provided by Starbucks. Doors open at 10:00 am and the program runs 10:30-1:00. Three more programs for this series. Hope to see you there.

Cheryl Perreault
Your host, Cheryl Perreault
host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Joan Houlihan
Joan Houlihan is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Shadow-feast from Four Way Books, winner of a Must-Read distinction from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her other books include Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays (2003); The Mending Worm, which received the 2006 Green Rose Award from New Issues Press; The Us, which also received a Must-Read distinction from the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and Ay (2014), a sequel to The Us, both from Tupelo Press. In addition to publishing in a wide array of journals, including Boston Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Arts, Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Plume and Poetry, her poems have been anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press, 2005); The Book of Irish-American Poetry, 18th Century to Present, (University of Notre Dame, 2007); and The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins, (Clemson University Press, 2016). Houlihan has taught at Columbia University, Emerson College, and Smith College. She currently serves on the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is Professor of Practice in Poetry at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Houlihan founded and directs the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.
Deborah Goss
Deborah Goss has acted, sung and taught in the Boston area for over 40 years. Folk, Jazz, Pop, and Broadway are all part of her repertoire. She played the title role in ‘The Woman King’, was Rose in ‘Gypsy’ and Lady Capulet in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as well as being FAO Schwarz’s Mother Goose. And not to be forgotten…her 14 years as singing waitress Wench Morgan at Boston’s Medieval Manor. Since 1994, Deb has been one half of the duo The Proper Ladies with Anabel Graetz, touring both coasts and performing throughout New England with their a cappella arrangements of popular songs of 19th century America. Her own solo history and song programs similarly illuminate episodes of U.S. cultural life. Her specialty is anti-slavery songs. She’s been heard on NPR's Studio 360, and selections from her 2010 CD “Songs of the Abolitionists” were featured on the syndicated WGBH Classical radio production “Music of the Abolitionists.”For this 2020 anniversary year of woman suffrage, she’ll bring that program back on August 23rd to the Longfellow-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge MA where she first presented it in 2007. Within the traditional folk and singer-songwriter communities, Deb has been blissfully listening to singers, instrumentalists, songwriters, storytellers, and poets at open mikes, concerts, and conferences all over New England -- lately collaborating with several of them on standards, as well as singing a few of her own songs. She’s known Terence Hegarty and admired his songs for almost 25 years and will sing a whole set of them with his accompaniment at this “Wake Up and Smell the Poetry”.
Terence Hegarty
Terence Hegarty comes from a bookish Dublin family, and he remains bookish and culturally Irish to this day. His songwriting has been affected by a sister regaling her little brother with bits of Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats et al. with aplomb; the Irish music movement spearhead by Sean O’Riada in the 1950s; Brill Building songs; the sixties zeitgeist; some famous composers and songwriters; and some open mikers encountered over many years in several cities (he started by regularly visiting the Gaslight in NYC between 1964 and 1968). He is happy to say he writes love songs and satires; a little uneasy trying to explain his other songs that seem to engage with all the world’s woes. There may be a spiritual element too, but he doesn’t know about that. A professional editor, he has endured a series of day jobs salted with the savagery of corporate America, but he seems to be surviving reasonably intact.

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:
An open mic follows, offering 4 minute contributions of poetry, story or song.

This season, given our time- limited open mic program, first priority will be given to those who did not perform the previous month. Names of those who performed the previous month will be added to a wait list and notified of available spots by Wednesday before the event.

The program is filmed before a live audience and later edited into weekly TV programs

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.

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