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What is not being mentioned here is the power that poetry can wield. That because poetry is a way to make, it is also a way to witness; that because it is a way to advocate, it is also a way to resist; that poetry is a way to tell our story and to write ourselves into the future that we want to see. It’s our way of saying we are here, with the power to bend language, to call forth action, to be unbreakable, and always, to be true.

Congratulations, Supervisor Noelia Corzo!

I’m deeply honored that my first reading of the year was in celebration of Supervisor Noelia Corzo, the first Latina and 9th woman to be elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors since 1856! Supervisor Corzo will be representing District 2, my district. I believe in her, in what she stands for, and in…

Walking Into 2023

Thank you, 2022, for all the lessons and milestones! I’m honored to have been part of this events and programs, and grateful to everyone who helped make them happen: Dear Poet 2022 Skyline College Summer of Poetry & Farewell Party Academy of American Poets Fellows at L.A. Public Library Pacific Chorale’s Meet Me for Noche…

Americans for the Arts

The Fall/Winter 2022 issue of Arts Link magazine by Americans for the Arts features the San Mateo County Youth Ecopoetry Project, along with 55 other projects at the intersection of the arts and climate change. Linda Lombardi, Managing Editor, writes, “From rising seas to hurricanes to fires, climate change impacts every corner of the world…

1/12/23: Step Into the Light at Cow Palace

The Cow Palace is hosting a creative competition to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a focus on “speaking out” and encouraging youth to share their voice respectfully and effectively. The contest celebrates and builds on Dr. King’s historic Cow Palace appearance. Entries should be respectful to all cultures, races, religions, and orientations, and…

Call for Submissions: Dear Human at the Edge of Time

Dear Human at the End of TimeA Call for Poems on Climate Change in the United States EDITORS Luisa A. Igloria20th Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia 2020-22, Emerita Aileen CassinettoPoet Laureate 2019-2022, Emerita, County of San Mateo, California Dr. Jeremy HoffmanDavid and Jane Cohn Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia; 2021 Fellow…

American Dreams

Imagine the world differently. AMERICAN DREAMS, a project by Mana Creative Futures, are language-based public art installations that use augmented reality to overlay digital content on a supported mobile device’s (iOS) camera. This project aims to transform shared spaces, promote ideas and messages of hope, cultivate a sense of belonging, and offer an opportunity to…

Redwood City unveils equity mural

Source: The Daily News Redwood City will celebrate the unveiling of a new racial equity mural this Saturday, marking the compilation of a two-year project meant to signify the city’s commitment to racial equity. Details in the mural have evolved since [Rachel] Wolfe-Goldsmith initially presented her idea. It remained nonlinear with modern representations of minority…

“Meet Me for Noche Buena”

“The Grammy-winning Pacific Chorale, one of the nation’s leading choirs, launches its signature holiday programming with two performances of “Carols by Candlelight,” spotlighting timeless traditional and contemporary holiday music, including the choir-commissioned world premiere of Meet Me for Noche Buena by noted LA-based Filipino composer Saunder Choi, a tenor in the chorus whose work has…

United Against Hate Week 2022

Digital Makers: United Against Hate 11/16/2022 6:30 PM – 8:30 PMLocation: Downtown Library1044 Middlefield RoadRedwood City, California 94063 November 13 – 19 is United Against Hate Week. Use the Makerspace’s Epilog Laser Cutter to cut and engrave a custom wooden bookmark celebrating tolerance and solidarity within our community. Learners of all ages and experience levels…

Poetry, please

And when we speaklet it be said that nothing is lostin translation. That our words are trueand tenable. That we understandthe meaning of “sii,” the Ohlone word for water,which is you. The Ohlone knew this.They were first of this county, borne of seawater andwoven reeds to salt marshes and pickleweedsand saltwater silvered by smelt.They fared…

Poet Laureate Fellows

Very special thanks to Jen Benka for quoting my poem in her Letter in the Fall-Winter 2022 issue of American Poets! (My poem is part of the Laureate Fellows’ Collaborative Poem that is also featured in the issue.) This is bittersweet as Jen is transitioning out of her role as President & Executive Director of…

6/15-6/16/22: Filipino American Book Festival

SIXTH FILIPINO AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVALHiraya/Emergence: Writing Towards the Future Main Branch, San Francisco Public Library100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA Join us for a celebration of Filipino/a/x literature. Readings, book signings, panels, and workshops with over 40 Filipino/a/x writers (including Paloma Press authors Lara Stapleton & Barbara Jane Reyes). All events are free.The Filbookfest…

Burlingame Youth Poet Laureate

The search for Burlingame’s first Youth Poet Laureate begins At first glance, the contest to become Burlingame and Hillsborough’s first Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) appears to be just another creative writing competition for teens. But in order to “win,” applicants must have more than poetic flair. “You don’t necessarily need to be good at poetry,”…

Women’s Equality Day

“How to be radical on Women’s Equality Day,” The San Mateo Daily Journal (August 23, 2022)

KALW Public Radio

“To Want the Wide American Earth” by Aileen Cassinetto, KALW Public Radio (July 4, 2022)

Farewell note

Dear community partners and friends, As my laureateship ends today, I wish to thank all of you for your incredible support over the last three and a half years. With your help, I was able to accomplish what I initially set out to do which was to make poetry more accessible and amplify its role…

Skyline College’s Farewell to SMCPL

So much gratitude to Skyline College, the Skyline College Learning Communities, CIPHER, Puente and Kababayan for the amazing send-off last night. I couldn’t have asked for a more memorable way to end my laureateship! Out of caution, we limited the capacity and only had representatives from some of the organizations I worked with over the…

Commendations

A great honor to receive these commendations from California State Senator Josh Becker, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors at the end of my term! (and an older one from U.S. Representative Anna G. Eshoo!)

U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai reads “There are no kings in America”

Consul General James Heller and the staff of the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai read, “There are no kings in America,” in honor of Independence Day. Read the poem. As part of the 2022 Dear Poet project, students around the country and the world wrote letters to Aileen Cassinetto in response to her poem “There…

Skyline College events

Skyline College’s Summer of Poetry & Farewell to SMCPL (June 2022) “Words Changing Worlds: Activist Poetry Inspires Purpose and Unity in our Common Struggles,” Skyline Shines (March 5, 2021) “Poetry Corner Excites Audience to ‘Re-enVISION Our Future Together,’” Skyline Shines (November 20, 2020) “Skyline College Poetry Corner Presents ‘2020: Re-EnVISIONing Our Future Together’ On November 6,” Patch (November 1, 2020) Skyline…

Interviews

“Dear Aileen Cassinetto 2022,” The Academy of American Poets (June 2022) “Poets Laureate Fellows Interview: Aileen Cassinetto,” The Academy of American Poets (December 2021) “Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto: ‘This is the book that ultimately decolonized me’,” San Mateo County Libraries (March 30, 2021) “Writer finds poetic justice now,” Half Moon Bay Review (June 2020) “Aileen Cassinetto //…

Dear Aileen Cassinetto 2022

As part of the 2022 Dear Poet project, students around the country and the world wrote letters to Aileen Cassinetto in response to a video of her reading her poem “There are no kings in America” aloud. Aileen Cassinetto wrote letters back to ten of these students; their letters and her replies are included below.…

On craft

I became a poet because I had a story to tell, ideas I wanted to explore, and spaces I wished to share. “If you are a poet,” says the late and great Thích Nhất Hạnh, “you will see clearly that … [as thin as a] sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in…

Coastside outreach

“Poem by Aileen Cassinetto,” Half Moon Bay Review (April 5, 2022) “HMB plans to make Thursdays a Main event,” Half Moon Bay Review (June 23, 2021) “Half Moon Bay students pen inaugural poems, County publishes collection of work,” Half Moon Bay Review (March 10, 2021) “The Next Gen,” Cultural Weekly (January 20, 2021) “Writer finds poetic justice now,” Half Moon Bay…

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