Aileen Cassinetto (she/her) is an immigrant writer and daughter of Filipino immigrants. She was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow in 2021, and served as San Mateo County Poet Laureate from 2019 to 2022. She received a Special Congressional Recognition, and was appointed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to serve as Commissioner on the Status of Women through 2025. The founder of Paloma Press and author of two poetry collections, her work has been featured in POETRY, Fellowship, Dear Poet 2022, KALW Public Radio, Metro Film and Arts Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai. Her poetry has been set to music by award-winning composer-conductor Saunder Choi for Carols by Candlelight 2022 and National Concerts 2023 at Carnegie Hall. She is also a member of Filoli‘s Curatorial Committee, and is currently co-editing the anthology, Dear Human at the Edge of Time, forthcoming in Fall 2023.