Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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

Cheryl Perreault


Come out and join us for our last program of the season where blending of the art of words and music and story will be celebrated both at the open mic and with our guest features including poet, storyteller and author Wes Hazard, poet, author and storyteller Thea Iberall and guitarist, songwriter and author Steve Rapson.
If you are interested in participating in the open mic or attending as audience please sign up to reserve a seat/open mic spot below.
Hope to see you there for our last program of the 11th season!
Cheryl Perreault, host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Wes Hazard
A New England native, Wes Hazard was named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast – based on the critically-acclaimed IFC television show — with Scott Aukerman & Paul F. Tompkins. In 2016 he took 2nd place in the Story Slam at the National Storytelling Festival hosted by the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. His debut humor book Questions For Terrible People was published in 2016 and is currently available nationally.
Steve Rapson
After life in corporate America Stever Rapson is now a recording artist, songwriter, and performing musician. At his studio he produces CD's for emerging musicians and songwriters. Steve's debut CD, Christmas Guitar, is sold around the world. He has followed up with six more CDs: Romantic Guitar, Half Irish Guitar, Patriotic Guitar, Original Guitar, and My Favorite Guitar Solos each with a companion book of transcriptions. Two CD's feature Steve's songwriting: A Little Bit of Crow, and The Illustrated Man. All available at CDBaby. Steve is the author of The Art of the Soloperfomer: A Field Guide to Stage & Podium a resource for performers of all kinds.Steve holds a Masters Degree in Communication Management from Simmons College. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with Rosemary, his wife of forty plus years--they married very young, it was quite a scandal at the time.
Thea Iberall
Thea Iberall has been called ‘a shimmering bridge between heart and mind.’ She’s performed poetry and storytelling since 1998, representing LA at the National Poetry Slams. Her whole family was inducted into the International Educators Hall of Fame in 2015 for their dedication to multi-generational education through experiential methods. Thea was featured in the documentary “Poets, Passion and Poetry” and OC Weekly said she “tells narrative stories using simple words that mask hidden layers of meaning and emotion.” The host of Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse, she has performed at Story Space, Limmud, and many venues in Massachusetts and Southern California. Her book of contextual poems, The Sanctuary of Artemis, traces the roots of patriarchal domination. Her musical We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History tells the story of how women got their rights in America. And her visionary novel The Swallow and the Nightingale is a way to wake people up to the real moral issue of today: not who you love, but what we are doing to the planet. Thea has a Master's Degree in Writing from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from UMass.

Upcoming programs:

  • October 15, 2016 - Elizabeth Gordon McKim, The Parking Lot Gulls, Linda Hoffman
  • November 19, 2016 - Dan Lewis, John Schindler. and Daniel Bouchard
  • December 17, 2016 - cancelled
  • January 21, 2017 - Philip Robinson, Ruth Canonico and Rick Goggin & Junko Ogawa
  • February 18, 2017 - Ken Slaughter, Jo Radner and Bridge & Davies
  • March 18, 2017 - Charles Coe, Alan O'Hare and Ron Israel.
  • April 15, 2017 - Polly Brown, Dot Walsh and Carolyn Waters
  • May 21, 2017 - Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III, Sari Gail Waters and Abbey Perreault
  • June 18, 2017 -Wes Hazard, Thea Iberall and Steve Rapson

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.