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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 […]

Cassinetto & Choi’s “Meet Me for Noche Buena”

Pacific Chorale rings in the Holidays with “Carols by Candlelight” “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 […]

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 […]

Call for Submissions

Dear Human at the End of TimeA Call for Poems on Climate Change in the United States CO-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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Academy Bookshop

Check out the Academy of American Poets’ Poets Laureate Fellows Bookshop. The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of American poets and poetry. Its mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Each year, the charitable organization connects millions of […]

Menlo Park Library hosts programs for the poets 

On Thursday, April 14, 2022, the Menlo Park Library has two events planned for the poets among us. From 4:00 to 5:00 pm, join San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and teen poet Keiki Leni Ward in a poetry reading and workshop titled “Dear Earth, Dear Billie Eilish” exploring climate change and the songs of […]

Poet Laureate’s National Poetry Month 2022 Campaign

It is National Poetry Month all over San Mateo County! The County of San Mateo and cities in the county are proclaiming April as National Poetry Month upon the request of San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto. Ms. Cassinetto is also spearheading several events to celebrate poetry and the work of poets in the […]

Youth ecopoetry workshops

APRIL 14, THURSDAY, 4PM-5PM DEAR EARTH, DEAR BILLIE EILISH Students grades 5-12, please join us on April 14, Thursday, 4-5pm for “Dear Earth, Dear Billie Eilish”, a Youth Poetry Zoom Reading & Workshop with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto & teen poet Keiki Leni Ward. We’ll be exploring climate change and working on […]

Poetry @Makerspace

Scenes from Poetry Makers at Redwood City Public Library! Mayor Giselle Hale of Redwood City issued the Proclamation for National Poetry Month and we successfully launched the Makerspace Poetry Lab pilot project for all ages, the first of its kind in San Mateo County, which integrates the arts into the library’s makerspace program. We will […]

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