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


Join us this month one week early for Wake up and Smell the Poetry on Saturday, November 11th. Guest features include poet/visual artist Grey Held reading from his book Two Star General, poet/playwright Kelly DuMar offering a poetry reading/talk with power point presentation and singer-songwriter duo Junko Ogawa and Rick Goggin.

Following a brief intermission, there will be an open mic for poetry, story and song from 12:00-1:00. The program is filmed before a live audience and later airs on HCAM TV and beyond. These programs can also be accessed throughout the US via Pegmedia requests at your local cable TV stations. Admission is free and there is hot coffee donated by Starbucks and bagels. We pass the hat for the features.

The public is welcome. If you wish to attend as audience and/or contribute in the open mic hour, please sign up below. For further information send email to host Cheryl Perreault at [email protected]

We hope to see you there.

Cheryl Perreault
host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Kelly DuMar
Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from Boston. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems, prose and photos are published in many literary journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Kindred, Sliver of Stone, Corium & Lumina Online. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year. Kelly teaches creative writing workshops locally, nationally and online. She founded the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective of women writers in Sherborn, MA, now in its third year. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild. You can follow her daily nature photo & creative writing blog, #NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream, at www.kellydumar.com
Grey Held
Grey Held is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. Two of his books of poems have been published, Two-Star General (by Brick Road Poetry Press in 2012) and Spilled Milk (by Word Press in 2013); and a third, WORKaDAY, is forthcoming in 2019 from FutureCycle Press. He works closely with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in Newton, MA to direct projects that connect contemporary poets (and their poetry) with a wider audience. He is also a visual artist whose drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries nationwide. After spending 25 years in the corporate world, managing and mentoring teams and coordinating projects, Grey currently spends his time writing poetry, teaching collaborative drawing classes, mentoring school kids in math, and pursuing various artistic endeavors.
Junko Ogawa and Rick Goggin
Rick Goggin was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. His musical interests are all over the board but his main loves are Rock, Blues, and Country and he writes songs in those and more genres. Most of the credit for this goes to his Mom who gave him his first guitar at the age of 12. In his teens and twenties he played in bands around the Boston area. In the mid 1980's he gave up the music business to get married and raise a family. Fast forward 25 years and he decided to come back to music. So, in 2011 he started to go to the Roslindale Open Mike where he met Junko Ogawa, soon to join her band as a guitarist. In 2012 Rick and Junko got together to do a song (duo) and have enjoyed playing together since.
Junko Ogawa is a singer-songwriter with passion for connection with her audience. Born and raised in Japan and a resident of Newton MA, her musical foundation is classical piano but she loves to play guitar and write songs of Blues, Jazz, Folk, Rock, and Pop influences. Rick and Junko has been a music partners for 5 years.

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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.