Friday, February 7, 2020, 7pm

2nd Annual San Mateo County Poetry Out Loud Competition

Youth from several San Mateo County high schools perform for advancement to the state level in this nationwide competition. The evening features student and mentor performances, judging, and a reception with refreshments. Mentors and judges include former and current San Mateo County Poets Laureate Caroline Goodwin, Lisa Rosenberg, & Aileen Cassinetto, and East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chache.

Foster City Recreation Center, Mist Room
650 Shell Boulevard Foster City, CA, 94404

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11am to 3pm

Human Library Event

You’re invited to check out a living, breathing book on February 8 at the Portola Valley Library Community Hall. On that day the library will be hosting a Human Library, where the “books” are people with diverse experiences and stories to share with you, the readers.

Portola Valley Library – Community Hall
765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 12pm (submission deadline)


The winter season at Filoli is one of beauty and reflection. Submit a haiku inspired by Filoli’s winter garden to our Haiku Poetry Competition by 2/15/2020.

Deadline: Entries should be submitted by February 15, 2020, 12:00 pm. The finalists will be announced on February 19 and invited to the event on March 1, where the winners will be announced.

Eligibility: The awards are open to the public. You may submit up to three original haikus that have not been previously published. Haikus must be in the 5-7-5 format and be inspired by Filoli’s winter garden.

Submissions: Entries can be submitted in person at the Filoli Visitor Center, via mail, or online. You may submit up to three haikus. If submitting in person, please place your haiku and contact details in a sealed envelope and put in the marked box at the Visitor Center.

Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 12pm (Reading & Reception)

Winners of Filoli’s First Winter Haiku Competition will read their winning poems at a ceremony at Noon on March 1, 2020.

Awards: Filoli Household Plus Membership and Gift Basket of hand-crafted Filoli products for first place, Filoli Individual Plus Membership for second place and a Filoli Household Membership for our under 18 winner.

Rights: Poems submitted will be used by Filoli for promotional materials, the winning poems will be displayed in the Visitor and Education Center, and the winning poems will be published on our social media and marketing channels.

86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 3pm

Eastwind Books of Berkeley Celebrates Women’s History Month with Asian American Poets Laureate Aileen Cassinetto & Maw Shein Win

Easwind books of berkeley celebrates Women's History Month

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


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.