Events

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Open Mic Afternoons with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

Featured poets: Pacifica Poet Laureate Camincha Benvenutto and Belmont Poet Laureate Emerita Tanu Wakefield

Light refreshments will be served and open mic to follow. Please feel free to bring a poem to share! This is a free and family friendly event. All are welcome!

South San Francisco Main Library Auditorium (Ground Floor, accessible via an elevator)
840 West Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080


Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7pm

Weapons & Whimsy at Liminal! (Details TBA)

Liminal
3037 38th Ave, Oakland, CA 94619


Saturday, September 21, 2019, 2:30pm

PL Poetry Reading

Save the Date!

The San Mateo County Arts Commission presents an All-Star Poetry Reading featuring San Francisco Bay Area Poets Laureate!

“Meet Me In Millbrae”
Bay Area Poets Laureate Public Poetry Reading

Featuring
Camincha Benvenutto (Pacifica)
Cynthia L. Bryant (Pleasanton)
Aileen Cassinetto (San Mateo County)
Poetess Kalamu Chache (East Palo Alto)
Johanna Ely (Benicia)
Amy Glynn (Lafayette)
Caroline Goodwin (San Mateo County)
Kevin Gunn (Livermore)
Dorsetta Hale (Pacifica)
Ronnie Holland (Dublin)
Maya Khosla (Sonoma County)
D. L. Lang (Vallejo)
Shikha Malaviya (San Ramon)
Juanita Martin (Fairfield)
Connie Post (Livermore)
Lisa Rosenberg (San Mateo County)
Jacki Rigoni (Belmont)
Thomas Stanton (Benicia)
Robert Sward (Santa Cruz County)
Maw Shein Win (El Cerrito)

All are welcome. Free & open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Millbrae Library
1 Library Avenue
Millbrae CA 94030


Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 6:30pm

“Pssst! It’s Pilipinx Lit Night!”

The John Daly Branch Library & San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto present “Prose, Poetry, atbp, in the Pilipinx American Diaspora” in celebration of Filipino American History Month, featuring Abigail Licad, Beverly Parayno, Ivy Alvarez, Jason Bayani, Rashaan Alexis Meneses, Reme Grefalda, Walter Ang, and students from Jefferson High School

John D Daly Branch Library
134 Hillside Blvd
Daly City CA 94014


October 12-13, 2019

Save the Date for the 5th Filipino American International Book Festival!

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco CA 94102


Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2pm-4pm

Litquake’s 20-20 curated by Maw Shein Win!

El Cerrito welcomes Litquake – San Francisco’s Literary Festival – coming to twenty new cities honor of the event’s 20th anniversary!

Join host and former El Cerrito Poet Laureate Maw Shein Win for 20-in-20: an afternoon of readings by local poets laureate, including:

Dani Gabriel, El Cerrito Poet Laureate
Rebecca Black, Albany Poet Laureate
Aileen Casinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate
Lisa Rosenberg, San Mateo County Former Poet Laureate
Ciera-Jevae Gordon, Richmond Poet Laureate

El Cerrito Library
6510 Stockton Ave.
El Cerrito CA 94530


Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2pm

Please save the date for HUMANITY, a reading and conversation featuring Eileen Tabios (St. Helena-based author most recently of “Witness in the Convex Mirror”), Murzban Shroff (Mumbai-based author most recently of “Fasttrack Fiction”), & Robert Cowan (New York-based author most recently of “Elsewhen”), hosted by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, October 20 @2pm, at the iconic Bird & Beckett Books.

ABOUT HUMANITY

Bird & Beckett Books
653 Chenery St.
San Francisco CA 94131


Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7pm

Coastside Poetry (details TBA)

Café Society, 522 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 94019


Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 4pm

Bay Area Poets Laureate on Social Justice Tour

(Events with poetry readings by city and county Poet Laureate recipients, reading their poems on social justice issues and Q&As with the audiences)

Lois Requist, Benicia Poet Laureate 2012-2014
Indigo Moor, Sacramento Poet Laureate 2017-present
D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019
Aileen Cassinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate 2019-present
Cynthia Patton, Livermore Poet Laureate 2017-present
and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera CA 94925


Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7pm

Poetry Night hosted by Belmont Poet Laureate Jacki Rigoni>

Featured reader is San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

Belmont Library
1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont CA 94002


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Save the Date!
A Holiday Poetry Concert featuring San Mateo County poets and the West Bay Community Band!

Millbrae Library
1 Library Avenue
Millbrae CA 94030


Monday, December 23, 2019, 7PM

Poetry Express Berkeley

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto is the featured reader for the month of December.

Open mic follows.

Himalayan Flavors Restaurant
1585 University Ave. Berkeley 94703


PAST EVENTS

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 3:00pm-5:00pm

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Open Mic Afternoons with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

Featured poets: Melinda Luisa de Jesús, Dena Rod, Jan Steckel

Light refreshments will be served and open mic to follow. This is a free event.

South San Francisco Main Library
840 West Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080


Monday, July 22, 2019, 7PM

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Bay Area Generations Show #71

A literary reading and salon featuring the curated works of San Francisco Bay Area poets, writers and storytellers, with musical guest.

With fine Bay Area Poets & Writers!

Chris Warren Smith + Keith Mark Gaboury
Elise Shabas Kazanjian + Aileen Cassinetto
Alan Bern + Glenn Ingersoll + Rebecca Radner
Melina Selverston Scher + Corin Scher

& Musical Guest: Keefer Backer, singer/songwriter (guitar)

at Harrington Galleries in The Mission, SF

Wine bar | 1 Block from BART | on Public Transportation

Doors open: 6 p.m. Show: 7 p.m.
Suggested donation $10, includes with chapbook
*No one turned away for lack of funds.*

Get tickets!

Bay Area Generations literary reading series features paired readers of differing generations in a curated submission based show. Since 2013, over 400 hundred notable authors, poets, writers, playwrights and musicians have read poetry and stories, or performed at this celebrated literary salon.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 7PM

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Summer Hot July Lyrics & Dirges

Come join us on a warm summer evening to hear fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by some of the area’s best writers.

Also enjoy the refreshments, wine, and bookstore cat. Bring a date!

Judy Bebelaar
Aileen Cassinetto
Maya Khosla
Camille Norton
Fátima Policarpo

Curated and hosted by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez

Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704


Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 9:00am

Poet Laureate Opening of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

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Once each quarter, the Poet Laureate will open the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting with a poem. Board meetings begin at 9:00am, and are open to the public. You are welcome to stay for all or any portion of the meeting.

Hall of Justice
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063


Saturday, June 29, 2019, 12pm

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San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto will read a poem at the Permanent Exhibit Opening of “Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County”

San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway, Redwood City


June 8-16, 2019

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The Literary Stage at the San Mateo County Fair presented by the California Writers Club-SF Peninsula

San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Dr
San Mateo, CA 94403


June 8, 2019, 4pm-7pm

Celebrating the Art of Jack Cassinetto

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Please join us in a reception and silent auction of Jack Cassinetto’s artworks to benefit the Sonora Area Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Sonora Opera Hall
Washington Street, Sonora


Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6:00pm

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In conversation with Christopher X. Shade, author of The Good Mother of Marseille

Book Passage
Ferry Building, One, #42
San Francisco, CA, 94111


Monday, May 27, 2019, 10:30am

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78th Annual Memorial Day Observance

Musical prelude 10:30 a.m. Program 11 a.m.

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto is a guest reader.

Golden Gate National Cemetery
1300 Sneath Lane (Veterans Way) San Bruno, CA 94066


Friday, May 24, 2019, 7:15pm to 8:30pm

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Mental Health Open Mic Sponsored by Menlo Park Library

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto joins us out in the community to help break the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness.

Cafe Zoe
1929 Menalto Ave,
Menlo Park, CA 94025


Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 4:30pm

Menlo Park Library Youth Poetry Awards Ceremony & Reception

Reception at the Menlo Park Main Library at 4:30PM
Ceremony at the Council Chambers at 5:30PM

Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, 94025

Council Chambers
700 Laurel St.
Menlo Park, 94025


Saturday, May 4, 2019, 6:30pm

10th Annual CSM Asian Pacific American Film Festival

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San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto is a guest reader.

CSM Theatre Building 03
1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402


Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2:00pm

POETRY & COMMUNITY: A CONCERT

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Presented by the Burlingame Public Library and the San Mateo County Poet Laureate, and featuring local poets and the West Bay Community Band. Aileen Cassinetto and East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chache co-host.

Free and open to the public.

*This event is part of the San Mateo County Poet Laureate’s campaign, “Speak Poetry,” which aims to elevate and celebrate the literary arts and their roles in public life.

Burlingame Main Library
480 Primrose Rd.
Burlingame, CA 94010


Sunday, April 28, 2019, 4pm-6pm

“HELLA POETA”: LitLumpiaFest3

School of Arts & Culture
1700 Alum Rock Ave.
San Jose, CA 95116


Saturday, April 20, 2019, 11:00pm to 1:00am (show will be archived for 2 weeks)

Poetry & Conversation with East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chache & “BAJABA on JaZzline” host Afrikahn Jahmal Davys

KPFA Radio Berkeley 94.1 MHz


Sunday, April 21, 2019, 5:30am on NBC Bay Area // 6pm on NBC’s COZI TV (Comcast 186)

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto on NBC Bay Area


Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:30pm

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Portola Valley Library’s 20th Annual Poetry Celebration

Community Hall
765 Portola Rd.
Portola Valley, CA 94028


Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10am

California Writers’ Club SF Peninsula Monthly Meeting

Sequoia Yacht Club
441 Seaport Ct.
Foster City, CA 94063


Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12pm

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San Mateo County Poet Laureate Reading

Skyline College, Building 5
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066


Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm

HAY(NA)KU!

Learn a new poetic form with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

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Is it a sigh or a form of haiku? In this workshop, with the aid of prompts and familiar poetic tools, we will try our hand at drafting new poems. We’ll write, read, critique, tweak, and talk about this deceptively simple verse form! Materials and light snacks will be provided.

This is a free event, but space is limited. Please email smcpoetlaureate@smcl.org with the subject, “WORKSHOP,” by April 7th to RSVP.

Half Moon Bay Library
620 Correas St.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:30pm

PAW-ETRY OPEN READING & RECEPTION

Poets Raising Awareness for Shelter Pets

In addition to April being National Poetry Month, it is also Prevention Against Cruelty to Animals Month. On April 14th, you are invited to read a poem about a favorite pet, an animal you met at the PHS-SPCA or any shelter, a favorite poem about animals, or just come and support this worthy cause. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Half Moon Bay Library
620 Correas St.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019


Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:00pm

Poetry & Symphonic Masterpieces (Music of Leonard Bernstein)

Featuring music by the Aragon High School Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, & Choirs, and Poetry by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate Emerita Caroline Goodwin, & San Mateo County Poet Laureate Emerita Lisa Rosenberg

Aragon High School Theater
900 Alameda de Las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94402


Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:00am

Proclamation of National Poetry Month by the Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County & Poet Laureate Opening of the Board of Supervisors’ Meeting

Once each quarter, the Poet Laureate will open the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting with a poem. On April 9th, the Board of Supervisors will issue an official Proclamation in support of National Poetry Month.

Board meetings begin at 9:00AM, and are open to the public. You are welcome to stay for all or any portion of the meeting.

Hall of Justice
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063


Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm

Poetry for the People and CCSF African American Studies present “Still I Rise: Maya Angelou and 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery”

Featuring: Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate; Aileen Cassinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate; Kitty Costello, poet; Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, Professor of African American Studies; Tehmina Khan, poet and Professor of English; Maurisa Thompson, poet and high school teacher; and more Poets for the People

Tea and snacks will be served.

Batmale Hall, Room 203
CCSF Ocean Campus
50 Frida Kahlo Way
San Francisco, CA 94112


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

YourArtsyGirl Podcast Featuring Aileen Cassinetto & Ivy Alvarez


Monday, April 1, 2019, 7pm

Proclamation of National Poetry Month by the Mayor of the City of San Mateo

City of San Mateo
330 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403


Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6pm

Beating Guns Tour

Join the journey to end gun violence, led by Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin. This event will feature the forging of a gun into a garden tool. San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto will share a poem.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
1300 Fifth Ave.
Belmont CA 94002


Monday, March 25, 2019, 7pm

Poetry Class at Maguire Correctional Facility

300 Bradford St.
Redwood City, CA 94063


***UPDATE: This tour has been rescheduled. Details TBA. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2:00pm

PAW-ETRY

Poets Raising Awareness for Shelter Pets

Please join San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto on a tour of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. RSVP by March 10th: smcpoetlaureate@smcl.org.

Lantos Center for Compassion
1450 Rollins Rd.
Burlingame, CA 94010


Saturday, March 16, 2019, 2:00pm

Laureates Speak Poetry

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Celebrate Women, Words, and the Power of Poetry with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck! Open reading to follow and light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Westlake Library
275 Southgate Ave.
Daly City, CA 94015


Monday, March 11, 2019, 7pm

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Proclamation on Women’s History Month by the City Council of Daly City

City Hall
333 90th St.
Daly City, CA 94015


Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9:30am

“WOW Voices Now: A Morning of Readings and Refreshments”

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Features San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and award-winning fiction/nonfiction writer Jacqueline Doyle.

Skyline College
Student & Community Center, Building 6
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066


Thursday, February 14, 2019, 6:30pm

ALL WE NEED: Valentine Poetry Open Mic & Reception

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Bring a loved one (a date, a partner, a grandma, a friend, a child, or yourself!), and your favorite love poem. You can even renew vows in community with those at the gathering! San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and Belmont Poet Laureate Jacki Rigoni co-host.

Millbrae Library
1 Library Avenue
Millbrae, CA 94030


Friday February, 8, 2019, 7:00pm

Come and watch students from five High Schools compete in the FIRST SAN MATEO COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION!

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chache will be among the judges.

Foster City Recreation Center,
Mist Room
650 Shell Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404


Monday, February 4, 2019, 7:00pm

POETS!

Reading & Open Mic featuring San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, and former Poet Laureate of Livermore Connie Post. Kim Shuck, Poet Laureate of San Francisco, and Jerry Ferraz, poetry czar of Bird & Beckett, co-host.

Bird & Beckett Books
653 Chenery St.
San Francisco, CA 94131


Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 9:00am

Poet Laureate Opening of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Meeting

Once each quarter, the Poet Laureate will open the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting with a poem. Board meetings begin at 9:00AM, and are open to the public. You are welcome to stay for all or any portion of the meeting.

Hall of Justice
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063


December 2018

Hay(na)ku Exhibit at the Saint Helena Public Library

1492 Library Lane, St. Helena, California