This event will be rescheduled.

Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and teaches in the Bay Area. Her poetry chapbooks are Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press, 2016). Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. She was a 2019 Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018), and her poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House will be published by Omnidawn in Fall 2020.

Aileen Cassinetto is the current Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. Widely anthologized, Aileen is the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. She is also the publisher of Paloma Press, an independent literary press established in 2016, which is set to release its 19th book in Spring 2020.

Open mic to follow.

Eastwind Books of Berkeley
2066 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Tuesday, April 21, 7pm

California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology (ed. Molly Fisk)

A Poetry & Dance event hosted by Claudia Monpere

Santa Clara University
The Music Recital Hall
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053


All San Mateo County residents are invited to submit poems inspired by Jose Castro’s Middlefield Mural in North Fair Oaks. For more information, email smcpoetlaureate at or go to this link.

HOME COULD BE HERE: Call for submissions


“The Housing Leadership Council envisions a San Mateo County that works together to build inclusive, equitable, and healthy communities where all people can access safe, affordable homes and the resources needed for their families to thrive.”

Submissions will be judged on the relevance to the theme, and style and originality of the writer or artist, analysis of how housing relates to social justice, and the personalization of the piece. The student does not need to share his/her own story but it should include an element of personalization. For poetry and musical submissions, a part of the judging will be based on the performance of the piece.

Submissions are limited to 3 poems per person, with each poem being no longer than 50 lines.

Art submissions should be in .jpg or .png format and include a 150-200 word artist statement. If submitting an original mixed-media piece, the artist should photograph the piece. At the Showcase Event, there will be room to display the top five pieces.

Please limit your song to 4 minutes. You are expected to bring your own instrument(s).

The deadline is April 30, 2020.