Events

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 9:00am

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. 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


Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 7PM

Summer Hot July Lyrics & Dirges

Come join us an 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


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

Open Mic Afternoons with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

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

Open mic to follow

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


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

Open mic to follow

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


PAST EVENTS

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