San Mateo County & Cities proclaim National Poetry Month

At the request of San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, the County of San Mateo and several cities in San Mateo County will be issuing official proclamations in support of National Poetry Month on the following dates:

County of San Mateo, April 5 at 9am
City of East Palo Alto, March 15, 6:30pm
City of Pacifica, March 28 at 7pm
City of Burlingame, April 4, 7pm
City of San Mateo, April 4 at 7pm
City of Redwood City, April 6, 6:30pm
City of Brisbane, April 7 at 7:30pm
City of Menlo Park, April 12 at 6pm
City of San Bruno, April 12 at 7pm
City of Belmont, April 12 at 7pm
City of Half Moon Bay, April 19 at 7pm
City of Daly City, April 25 at 7pm
Midcoast Community Council (representing Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Princeton, and Miramar)

Additionally, poetry events will be taking place around the county in April:

Friday, April 1
Launch of San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto’s “Speak Poetry” web archive and presentation of banner at County Center

Friday, April 1, 12:30pm
Commemoration Event and Poetry for First Responders by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, hosted by San Mateo County Health, San Mateo Medical Center, Fair Oaks Health Center, Office of Arts & Culture, and partners.

Friday, April 1
Launch of Project POETRY 360 by Belmont Poet Laureate Monica Korde, which includes QR Decode Poetry and Community POETree

Tuesday, April 5, 7-8:30pm
Poets Night LIVE ONLINE with Maw Shein Win, hosted by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Emerita Lisa Rosenberg & Belmont Poet Laureate Monica Korde

Wednesday, April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6pm
Redwood City Public Library’s “Poetry Makers,” a Makerspace Poetry Lab Pilot Project in collaboration with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

Thursday, April 7, 5pm-7pm
Make It Main Street Speakers’ Space presented by the City of Half Moon Bay, Coastal Literary Arts Movement, the San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture, and partners

Friday, April 8, 4:30pm-6:30pm
San Mateo Celebrates National Poetry Month: Reading & Book Sale
San Mateo Public Library, Oak Room, featuring local poets, in collaboration with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

Sunday, April 10, 1pm-4pm
Soul Making Keats Literary Awards (SMK was founded by Eileen Malone, Poet Laureate Emerita of Broadmoor Village in San Mateo County)

Tuesday, April 12, 7pm
From Sonnets to Satellites: Fostering Makers Through STEAM,” a presentation by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Emerita Lisa Rosenberg and San Mateo County Libraries

Tuesday, April 12, 7pm
Coastside Poetry hosted by Diane Lee Moomey & Steve Long with featured poet Inaugural San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin

Thursday, April 14, 4pm
“Dear Earth, Dear Billie Eilish,” a Youth Ecopoetry Workshop by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto with teen poet Keiki Leni Ward. Hosted by Menlo Park Library

Thursday, April 14, 6:30pm
Virtual workshop facilitated by James J. Siegel, hosted by Menlo Park Library

Friday, April 15
Deadline to submit to the Annual Filoli Haiku Contest. This year, in addition to First & Second Place winners and Best Under 18, Filoli also launched the Inaugural Filoli Ecopoetry Award

Saturday, April 16, 1pm
Redwood City Public Library’s “Teen Makers Ecopoetry” with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and teen poets Cassandra Bousquet & Chloe Chou

Sunday, April 17, 3:30pm
Belmont National Poetry Month Celebration hosted by Belmont Poet Laureate Monica Korde and Twin Pines Art Center

Tuesday, April 19, 7pm
Belmont Poetry Night featuring San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, hosted by Belmont Poet Laureate Monica Korde

Wednesday, April 20, 1pm
San Mateo County Harbor Board of Commissioners National Poetry Month Celebration

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm
San Bruno Culture & Arts, Poetry Presentation by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

Monday, April 25, 12pm
Belmont-Redwood Shores Rotary Club National Poetry Month with San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto

Thursday, April 28, 1:30pm
Mills High School National Poetry Month Celebration

Thursday, April 28, 6pm
2022-23 Daly City Youth Poet Laureate Commencement at City Hall

Friday, April 29, 6:30pm
SSF Youth Art Show and Inaugural SSF Youth Poet-in-Residence Commencement at the Municipal Services Building (MSB), 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Saturday, April 30
Deadline to submit to the Annual Wordslam Youth Poetry Contest. Wordslam is a project by East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Poetess Kalamu Chaché.

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives.