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.


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


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


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.

May 2021: Filipino Kapwa with Daly City

Kapwa: Filipino Writers on History, Legacy and Building Community featuring Eileen Tabios, Kirby Araullo, Leny Mendoza Strobel and Vince Gotera


Hosted by Daly City Public Library & San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto.
May 19 at 5pm PT.
Watch again here.

May 2021: Midpen Media Celebrates Youth Poets

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto is joined by The Midpen Media Center founder Elliot Margolies, local teacher Jim Ward, contributors to the youth anthology, I Have a Dream: Inaugural Poems for a New Generation, and winners and finalists of the 2020 Housing Leadership Council Youth Poetry Competition, 2021 Daly City Youth Poet Laureate Competition, and 2021 Poetry Out Loud Competition.

May 2021: Growing Home / Affordable Housing Month

In late 2019, the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County and SMCPL Aileen Cassinetto began collaborating on what would be an annual countywide youth poetry, music & art competition to raise awareness of Affordable Housing Month and highlight young people’s notions of home. The theme this year is “Growing Home,” the title of last year’s winning poem by Abigale Wee. Grand Prize Winners this year, announced by The Honorable David Canepa, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, are: Rachel Cronin (Poetry, K-5); Marta Olson (Poetry, 6-12); Mina Hui (Art, K-5); Emily Gao & Jane Oh (Art, 6-12); Justin Tha (Music, K-5); William Christensen (Music, 6-12).

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