BREATHE, an Official Selection in the Nature & Culture Poetry Film Festival in Copenhagen

BREATHE is an Official Selection in the Nature & Culture – Poetry Film Festival and will be screened at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge Cultural Center (Denmark) on November 21st & 28th! SMC youth’s crowdsourced poem, “Breathe,” will also be included in an anthology forthcoming from Poetic Phonotheque, Copenhagen. “Breathe” features work by Cassandra Bousquet, Chloe Chou, Bellamy Cramer, Ronit Das, Arda Inegol, Samantha Ishikawa, Maya Kornyeyeva, Iris Li, Caroline Lim, Allen Mata, Hanna Docampo Pham, Emma Roginski , Marissa Teng, and Payton Zolck, with additional lines by National Youth Poet Laureate Alexandra Huynh.

*BREATHE, the first in a series of short films exploring the layered connections between nature and culture through poetry, is made possible by The Academy of American Poets with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

BREATHE, an Official Selection in the Lift-Off Sessions!

“BREATHE,” the short film I adapted from our crowd-sourced youth ecopoem, is an Official Selection in the Lift-Off Sessions Film Festival and First-Time Filmmaker Sessions running from 8/23 to 9/6!! Congratulations to the students from the Jefferson, San Mateo & Sequioa school districts who participated in this project and Happy #InternationalYouthDay!

*BREATHE, the first in a series of short films exploring the layered connections between nature and culture through poetry, is made possible by The Academy of American Poets with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

June 2021 to June 2022: Youth Ecopoetry Project

As part of my Academy of American Poets project, I am organizing workshops and working on a series of short films that will highlight the Bay Area’s ecology and how our youth are responding to environmental challenges. Students grade 12 and below who are interested and wish to find out more, please email me at smcpoetlaureate[at]smcl.org.

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August 2021: Youth Ecopoetry Workshop

Save the date: August 11, 2021 at 5pm Pacific via Zoom!

Youth Ecopoets’ Workshop with 2020 U.S. Youth Poet Laureate & 2020 UN Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador Meera Dasgupta

Organized by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and the South San Francisco Public Library, this workshop is made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Arts & Culture and Urban Word NYC.

This workshop is free and open to all SF Bay Area high school students. Register here.

June 2021: Special Congressional Recognition

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Presented by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto on June 14, 2021. In her letter Congresswoman Eshoo writes, “This accomplishment is an eloquent statement about your beautiful poetry and your commitment to improving your community… To honor you and your extraordinary work, I’m enclosing a Congressional Certificate of Recognition.”

June 2021: Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship

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New York, NY (June 3, 2021)— The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce its 2021 Poets Laureate Fellows. These 23 individuals serve as Poets Laureate of states and cities across the U. S. and will be leading public poetry programs in their respective communities in the year ahead. The Fellows will each receive $50,000 (or $25,000 each in the case of the shared Poet Laureate position in Montana) for a combined total of $1.1 million. In addition, the Academy will provide $100,000+ total to 14 local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that have agreed to support the Fellows’ proposed projects.

Read the full announcement from The Academy of American Poets.