Congratulations, Jorge Argueta!
Jorge Tetl Argueta is the new Poet Laureate of San Mateo County! The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors today appointed Jorge Argueta of Daly City as the County’s poet laureate, citing his ability to use poetry to create bridges among diverse communities. Argueta’s work reflects his heritage as a native of El Salvador with…
Imagine the world differently. AMERICAN DREAMS, a project by Mana Creative Futures, are language-based public art installations that use augmented reality to overlay digital content on a supported mobile device’s (iOS) camera. This project aims to transform shared spaces, promote ideas and messages of hope, cultivate a sense of belonging, and offer an opportunity to…
Robin Rodricks is the Executive Director of the San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture, a newly-created division in the County Executive’s Office. A seasoned arts administrator, Robin oversees the County’s Strategic Arts and Culture Plan which includes diverse and inclusive arts events, programs, and services accessible and equitable to all residents. Administration of…
The Mana Creative Futures Project
As of October 2022, Speak Poetry in San Mateo County will be administered by The Mana Creative Futures Project, an initiative of Paloma Press, fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media (IAM). MANA aims to support, celebrate, mentor, and partner with culture makers in our area to expand our understanding of what it means to reimagine…
Poets Crawleate: Bay Area Poet Laureates Represent! Sat Oct 22nd 5:00pm – 6:00pm at The Chapel, 777 Valencia St, San Francisco Come hear Bay Area poet laureates share their poetry and enchant you with their words. Featuring Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Tshaka Menelik Imhotep Campbell, former San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, former…
Are you the next San Mateo County PL?
On April 23, 2013, The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of the post of San Mateo County Poet Laureate to elevate poetry into the consciousness of San Mateo County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts. The Poet Laureate will be a two-year position which includes a $5000 yearly stipend.…
The search for Burlingame’s first Youth Poet Laureate begins
At first glance, the contest to become Burlingame and Hillsborough’s first Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) appears to be just another creative writing competition for teens. But in order to “win,” applicants must have more than poetic flair. “You don’t necessarily need to be good at poetry,” said senior Eva Chen, who is Burlingame’s youth poet-in-residence.…
Burlingame Youth Poet-in-Residence
Congratulations to Eva Chen who was recognized on September 20, 2022 by the Burlingame Library Board of Trustees as the city’s Youth Poet-in-Residence! Eva is also San Mateo County’s 2022 Young Woman of Excellence honoree and was the first youth poet to be inducted into San Mateo County’s Women’s Hall of Fame. A mentee of San…
Countywide arts celebration
The San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture is hosting the Countywide Celebration of the Arts Day on August 27th from 12:00-3:00pm at San Mateo’s Central Park Outdoor Stage, featuring 134 performers ages 2-91, including youth poets Chloe Chou, Jescent Marcelino, Hanna Pham, and Lauren Lin. For more info, please visit the OAC website.
New teen-run poetry mag
Daly City Youth Poet Laureate (and concurrently, South San Francisco Youth Poet-in-Residence) Chloe Chou has launched Cloudy Magazine with the goal of uniting youth voices in Daly City and beyond, along with highlighting artistic and literary talent. The editors are now accepting submissions for their debut issue on the theme of Beginnings. The deadline to…