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Aileen Cassinetto on NBC Asian Pacific America with Dr. Malathi Iyengar & host Robert Handa

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Aileen Cassinetto is an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow and the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. She is the founder of Paloma Press and the author of two poetry collections and three chapbooks. Her work has appeared in POETRY magazine,  Marsh Hawk Press ReviewFellowship Magazine, and Moria, among others. As Poet Laureate, she has conceptualized and launched the San Mateo County Youth Ecopoetry Project with support from the Academy of American Poets and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Youth Inaugural Poems Anthology project with support from the San Mateo County Arts Commission, the Affordable Housing Month youth poetry project in partnership with the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, “Poets RISE” in partnership with the San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women, the Makerspace Poetry Lab pilot project in partnership with the Redwood City Public Library, “Belonging Begins With Us” community poetry project in partnership with the County Office of Community Affairs’ Immigrant Services, the Filoli Annual Haiku Competition and Ecopoetry Award in partnership with Filoli, the Peninsula Virtual Bookfest in partnership with local libraries, “Love in the Time of Covid-19” community fundraiser for the San Mateo County Health Foundation, the “Power to the Poets” reading series, and “Speak Poetry in San Mateo County,” a web archive featuring the bios, works and civic engagements of over 340 poets from all around the Bay Area, including individual and collaborative work by over 200 San Mateo County youth on ecopoetry, identity and social justice. She received a Special Congressional Recognition in 2021, and was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as Commissioner for the Commission on the Status of Women through 2025. She is a 2022 Metro Film and Arts Foundation grantee.