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Aileen Cassinetto

Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California, 2019-2021

Aileen Cassinetto was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She is the author of Traje de Boda (Meritage Press, 2010) and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems (Little Dove & Our Own Voice, 2018) and three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo Chaps. Featured in The Transcendients Exhibitions at the Japanese American National Museum, she curated the community poem, “Love in the Time of Covid-19” which raised funds for the San Mateo County Health Foundation. The poem was read in Connecticut on Memorial Day and was used as a resource by the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota and the Montgomery School District in Texas. In December 2020, she curated and co-edited the youth anthology, I Have a Dream: Inaugural Poems for a New Generation featuring the work of 115 youth, ages six to sixteen. The Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, she is also a producer at The Midpen Media Center, member of the Daly City Public Library Associates Board of Directors and publisher of the independent literary press Paloma Press. A 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate Competition judge, Cassinetto helped establish annual youth poetry competitions and youth poet laureate programs in San Mateo County. She received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship in 2021.


Aileen Cassinetto
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