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


Announcing Guest Features Fred Marchant and Jane Fallon

Join us at HCAM-TV Studios on April 21st when the town of Hopkinton goes global in weekend celebration for The Boston Marathon!

Guest features for Wake up and Smell the Poetry will include two guest features who are not only artists but activists for community and beyond.

Announcing poet, Fred Marchant and singer-songwriter Jane Fallon who will share their art of poetry and of song and also offer insights and anecdotes about their creative process and experiences.

An open mic will follow with contributions from poets, authors, songwriters and storytellers from near and far.Advanced sign up is required.
The public is invited. Admission is free. Please register to help us plan for adequate seating.

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

Jane Fallon
Jane Fallon is an award-winning veteran performer who has recently finished her 5th CD of original music, “Tangled in a Tree,” nominated by Limelight Magazine as CD of the year, and called “powerful, inspirational, uplifting and impressive.” Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music. com Jane is also an author whose book about her father’s life journey, from sharecropper’s son to cowboy, is chronicled in her book “Seven Songs in Seven Days: The Journey of an Arkansas Traveler”. Reviewer Corinne Smith says, “ Seven Songs” offers “not only good storytelling, but also a few peeks into the creative process of songwriting” and offers us the opportunity to “better understand the paths we take.” She has recently completed a new book on songwriting called “Beyond Reason: Songwriting On Purpose.” Jane plays regularly on the East Coast, most recently opening for Bill Staines at the Me and Thee Coffeehouse and for Joe Jencks at The Lindentree,. She was selected forthe fresh voices tent at The Boston Folk Festival in 2009, has toured the West coast playing at select venues such as the San Francisco Folk Festival, and traveled to Ireland to play at the Clancy Brothers Festival.
Fred Marchant
Fred Marchant’s new collection of poetry, Said Not Said, was published by Graywolf Press in May 2017. Afaa Michael Weaver has written that this poetry takes us to the "interior of hope", and Mary Szybist has written that she loves the generosity in these poems, "a generosity that carries us through every heartbreak". The Looking House (Graywolf Press, 2009), was named by Barnes and Noble Review and the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of poetry in 2009. He is also the author of Tipping Point, winner of the 1993 Washington Prize, that book was recently reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. His earlier books include Full Moon Boat (Graywolf Press, 2000). and House on Water, House in Air (Dedalus Press, Dublin, Ireland, 2002). Fred Marchant is also the co-translator (with Nguyen Ba Chung) of From a Corner of My Yard, by Tran Dang Khoa, and Con Dau Prison Songs by Vo Que, both published in Hanoi. Editor of Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947 (Graywolf Press, 2008), Marchant is an emeritus professor of English at Suffolk University, and founding director of the Poetry Center at Suffolk. He is a longtime teaching affiliate of The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts- Boston, and teaches poetry workshops across the country. He is the 2009 co-winner of the New England Poetry Club's May Sarton Award, given to poets whose work "is an inspiration to other writers".

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.