March 2021: Empower Women, Empower Earth

With a theme of ecofeminism, Skyline College in collaboration with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto presents Empower Women, Empower Earth featuring Persis Karim, Maya Khosla and Kim Shuck (find full bios here:


The Poetry Corner Series offers the Skyline College community a space to gather and celebrate diversity and lyrical power through the art of poetry.

Poetry Corner is supported by a President’s Innovation Fund award.

March-July 2021: Burlingame Library’s Community Book to Action

Burlingame Public Library’s community Book to Action program “Burlingame Reads,” running March-July 2021, with support from California Center for the Book, and with Community Partners Citizens Environmental Council, Sustainable San Mateo County, Farming Hope, San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, and Nethra Samarawickrema and Yuri Zaitsev of the Listening Lab, presents a series of events focusing on environmental, racial, food and housing justice.

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February 2021: 2nd Annual Filoli Haiku Competition

Haiku Reading at Filoli (special announcement of the Haiku Competition winners)


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Submit Your Haiku on Filoli’s Winter Garden!
Entries due January 31 | Winner announced Feb 14

Filoli is pleased to bring back for a second year its Winter Garden Haiku Poetry Competition, open to all. Entrants may submit up to three original, previously unpublished poems in the 5/7/5 format that reflect or are inspired by the beauty of Filoli’s garden in winter. San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto will judge the entries blind, selecting ten finalists and awarding prizes for first and second place (adult) and best under 18 years of age. Entries must be submitted by January 31, 2021 at midnight PST. Finalists will be announced on the website on February 10, 2021. The winners will be announced via Zoom on February 14, 2021. For more information and to submit an entry, visit:

February 2021: Poetry Out Loud

“Igniting student potential through the power of poetry”


Come and watch inspiring students from various San Mateo County schools compete in the Third Annual San Mateo County Poetry Out Loud Competition on Thursday, February 11th, from 7-9 pm Via Zoom Webinar!

Register for this FREE Event here:

For more information about the California Poetry Out Loud Competition, visit

For more information about the San Mateo County Arts Commission, visit

December 2020: Youth Poetry Workshops

Learn to write an occasional poem with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto! 12/2 and 12/9 at 5pm, hosted by the Daly City Public Library Associates (DCPLA) with a reading by Oakland youth poet Siara Edmond. To sign up, please email


November 2020: Re-EnVISIONing Our Future Together

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and Skyline College collaborate to present a reading and panel discussion, Re-EnVISIONing Our Future Together, that hopes “to find clarity and to imagine a future that celebrates both our commonalities and our differences.” The event will feature Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria and former San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla. November 6 at 4pm Pacific via Zoom.


September & October 2020: Peninsula Virtual Bookfest

Message from San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom & Local Librarians:

The Peninsula Virtual Bookfest brings together a diverse community of writers and book lovers, in a series of vital and inspiring readings and conversations during the months of September and October.

Curated by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, the virtual bookfest will feature 60 authors, in collaboration with the Burlingame Public Library, the Daly City Public Library, the San Mateo County Libraries and the South San Francisco Public Library, and various booksellers.

Please click here for the full schedule.