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, February 8th HCAM Studios will host Wake up and Smell the Poetry guest features, Howard Kogan and Mark Lipman.
Howard is a published poet formerly of New York, now living in Ashland. Mark Lipman is a singer-songwriter from the Boston-area.
Both guest features are/have been involved in the work of psychotherapy and both serve as wise guides of life through their art of using words in poetry and in songs.
An open mic will follow for contributions of poetry, story (spoken word and literary readings) and songs. Please send email to Cheryl Perreault to sign up for 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. Please reserve a seat to help plan for adequate seating.
Free admission. Pass the hat for our guest features. Free coffee provided by Starbucks.
Doors open at 10:00 am and the program runs 10:30-1:00.
You are welcome to come out and join us bright and early February 8th for this exciting next program.

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

Howard Kogan
Howard J Kogan is a psychotherapist and poet. He and his wife Libby moved to Ashland, MA from the Taconic Mountains of rural upstate New York in 2018. His poems have appeared in Still Crazy, Occu-Poetry, Poetry Ark, Writer’s Haven, Farming Magazine, Pathways, Berkshire Writer’s Room Newsletter, Rootdrinker Institute Newsletter, Stone House Museum Newsletter, Literary Gazette and Award Winning Poems from Smith’s Tavern Poet Laureate Contest 2010 and 2011 Editions and many other publications. His book of poems, Indian Summer, was published in 2011 by Square Circle Press and is available from the publisher or Amazon. His chapbook, General Store Poems, published in 2014 by Benevolent Bird Press, is available from the author. His latest book of poems, A Chill in the Air, was published in 2016 and is also available from the publisher, Square Circle Press or from Amazon. His first (and last) novel, No View published in 2016, is available from Amazon as a paperback or on Kindle.
Mark Lipman
Mark Lipman was born and raised on the outskirts of the quaint seaport town of Newburyport. His back yard was Maudslay State Park. He never knew how precious this fact was until he moved away. He has had many health crises in his life that have given him a strong appreciation for the spiritual realm. He brings his love of nature and his connection to spirit into his music. He attempted to make it famous as a singer/songwriter for many years, but eventually realized that the road to fame isn’t for him, as there aren’t enough scenic road stops, and besides, gas is just too costly. These days, he’s more concerned with using his gifts to connect with spirit, to see what happens, to be satisfied with not knowing the fruits of this labor until they choose to ripen on their own time. You can visit his music website at www.marklipmanmusic.com (be sure to check out “Goodbye Copilot” his debut album which he is very proud of), and you can also visit his therapy practice website at www.marklipman.wixsite.com/practice.


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.