In 2013, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of the post of San Mateo County Poet Laureate to elevate and celebrate the literary arts and their roles in public life. The Poet Laureate serves a two-year term and acts as an ambassador and advocate for poetry, literature and the arts; contributes to San Mateo County’s poetry and literary legacy through public readings and participation in civic events; and leads a community project to make poetry more accessible to people in their everyday lives.
Upon recommendation of the San Mateo County Poet Laureate Advisory Committee, co-chaired by San Mateo County Supervisors Warren Slocum and Carole Groom, the Board of Supervisors appointed Caroline Goodwin as its first Poet Laureate in October 2013.
The San Mateo County Arts Commission is pleased to announce the release of I Have a Dream: Inaugural Poems for a New Generation by San Mateo County Youth, edited by San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and local teacher Jim Ward, in honor of MLK Day 2021 and Inauguration Day. For Aileen Cassinetto’s forthcoming events, please visit: www.aileencassinetto.com/events