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 March 17th Wake up and Smell the Poetry will feature poet/visual artist Judith Ferrara and singer-songwriter/quilt artist Deborah Rocha.
Both guest features will offer 30 minutes each of performance and also share anecdotes and insights about writing, artistic inspiration, etc.

Each program is filmed before a live audience and the footage is later edited into weekly half hour programs for local cable TV and Youtube.

Free admission, free coffee provided by Starbucks and on the 17th, serving Irish soda bread too!

Taking place at the warm and welcoming HCAM TV Studios at 77 Main St., Hopkinton, Ma.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the program gets started at 10:30.

If you are interested in joining as audience and/or at the open mic, please sign up below.

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

Judith Ferrara
Judith Ferrara is a writer and visual artist who lives in Worcester. Her poetry has been published in two collections: Gestures of Trees (Mellen Poetry Press) and A Brush with Words (Autumn Light Press) and journals, such as the black fly review, The Comstock Review, The Portland Review Literary Journal, GSU Review, and The Worcester Review. In 2009, she began a study of Worcester-born poet Stanley Kunitz and continues to do research on his life and work. She recently transcribed and edited the memoir and diary of his mother, Yetta Kunitz Dine, and is developing a manuscript shaped around her life. Since 1998, Judith’s art has been shown in group and solo exhibitions. Please visit www.PaletteAndPen.com for more information, including a look at more artwork and Judy’s Journal, her monthly blog on the creative process. The little O, the earth: Travel Journals, Art & Poems is her most recent book. Ann Connery Frantz called it “a thoughtful, introspective travel journal, harmoniously compiled as a blend of writing, art and experience into an enjoyable exploration of the world and its great art collections…crafted into a beautiful homage to art.”
Deborah Rocha
When you are born in land-locked, flat-as-a-pancake Kansas, you long for ocean and mountains. So Deborah Rocha moved herself to New England, where they have plenty of both! After a 7-year detour in Brazil, Deb settled for good in the Boston area. A guitarist and vocalist, she began writing songs to perform at open mikes, and since people seemed to like them, just kept writing. Her music has been greatly influenced by American Songbook music from the decades 1920-50, by Brazilian music, and by science - things like particles, pendulums, microbiomes, and such.

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.