Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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Wake Up and Smell the Poetry Friday. 5:00 PM Thursday, 4:30 AM Thursday, 12:00 PM Monday, 7:00 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. Limited open mic slots are available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault


On Saturday morning, January 19th our guest features include poet Anna Warrock and singer-songwriter Chris Pahud.
Anna is an award-winning poet who has held seminars on understanding grief through poetry. Her poem "Remembering My Mother's Face" is inscribed in brick in Somerville.
Chris Pahud is well respected for his warm and rich bass/baritone voice and acoustic guitar. He claims that his particular calling as a musician is to serve as an interpreter to help maintain the legacy of other musicians' songs. An open mic for poetry, story (literary readings and spoken word) and song will follow.
This event is hosted by Cheryl Perreault at HCAM TV Studios located at 77 Main St, Hopkinton, MA.
The public is welcome to join as community and gather with an exciting mix of musicians, writers and enthusiasts of the arts who come from near and far. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30. Admission is free and hot coffee is provided by Starbucks. Our black box style stage and seating offers an intimate and up-close sense of connection with the audience members while the studio can accommodate up to 100.
Please sign up if you wish to reserve a seat as well as to sign up for open mic as spaces are limited.

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

Anna Warrock
Anna M. Warrock's publications include From the Other Room, winner of the first annual Slate Roof Press chapbook contest, and the chapbooks Horizon andSmoke and Stone. Her work appears in the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, for which she also wrote the introduction. Besides appearing in a number of literary and interdisciplinary magazines, such as The Madison Review, Harvard Review, The Sun, Phoebe, and Poiesis, her poems have been set to music, performed at Boston's Hayden Planetarium, and engaged as part of contemporary chamber music programs by Row Twelve. Among other awards, she received the Robert Penn Warren Award from The Cumberland Poetry Review, fellowships and project grants from the Somerville Arts Council, and was Artist of the Month in Somerville in August 2018. Her poem “Remembering My Mother’s Face” is inscribed in brick in the Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority subway station. She has held seminars on understanding grief and loss through poetry. She lives Somerville, Massachusetts. Read more at ww.AnnaMWarrock.com
Chris Pahud
Chris Pahud grew up in Needham, MA, in a family of classical musicians. While his brother abandoned the oboe to become a Berklee trained pianist, Chris fell in love with the guitar. By the time he was 15 he was playing in a surf band, and two years later was a part of the locally popular folk quartet The Town Dump. Their repertoire drew heavily from the songs of Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia and the Youngbloods, some of which he continues to perform today. After taking time to raise a family and pursue a career as a Media Specialist at UMass Boston, by the 1990’s he hit the coffeehouse circuit with his warm bass/baritone voice and acoustic guitar. Though he has written songs, and collaborated with well known Boston poet Bill Thibodeau, Chris sees himself as more interpreter than songwriter, helping to maintain the legacy of folks like Fred Neil and Stan Rogers. As far as contemporary writers, he tends to be drawn to the narrative works of people like Tom Russell, David Olney and Garnet Rogers. A familiar and welcome presence at coffeehouses, clubs and festivals across New England, in 2018 Chris was invited to perform at festivals in Switzerland. Chris released his first cd “Red Sky in Morning” which will also be available as a download in the not too distant future.

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.