M.B. McLatchey is a widely published poet and writer living in Florida. She is a
Professor of Classics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida,
and Poet Laureate of Florida's Volusia County. She was awarded the 2011 American Poet
Prize by
The American Poetry Journal, the 2012 Robert Frost Award, and was a 2015 Poet
Laureate
nominee for the state of Florida. She is featured in the July 2017 issue of AWP,

A graduate of Harvard University with over 30 years of college teaching, M.B. has also
worked as a speechwriter for a state senator, as a reporter for a daily newspaper, as a
magazine editor for a major publisher, as a reader and book reviewer for poetry journals,
and as a Board of Trustees member for a private college in Vermont. She has authored
many literary reviews, compiled text books for Humanities courses, conducted poetry and
writing workshops, mentored young poets, judged poetry contests, and is a frequent
contributor to books on writing, poetry and teaching.  

Her debut poetry collection
The Lame God was awarded First Place in the 16th Annual May
Swenson Poetry Award by Utah State University Press in 2013. She was awarded the 2014
FLP Chapbook Prize by Finishing Line Press for her book
Advantages of Believing. She has
received numerous academic awards including the Harvard University Danforth Prize, the
Harvard/Radcliffe Prize for Literary Scholarship, and the Brown University Elmer Smith
Award. Her most recent poetry awards include the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry, the Spoon
River Poetry Review’s Editors’ Prize, the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, and the
Vachel Lindsay Poetry Award.
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My WordPress BLOG
My Amazon Author Site
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My Vita
My Teaching Philosophy
Paradise Drive
The Clock of the Long Now
Dark Card
Earthly Freight
Garcia-Aguilera and Barbara Parker
Amber Alert
Bingo Night for Missing Children
1-800-THE-LOST
The Rape of Chryssipus
Sanriku
On Recognizing Saints
Against Elegies
The Arrangement
Book Reviews & Essays:
Jul. 2017 -  M.B. is featured this month in the July issue of AWP's In the Spotlight !!

Can Writing Be Taught? Read an Interview with M.B. McLatchey
From the AWP Monthly Member Updates:

Our July #AWPSPOTLIGHT member M.B. McLatchey on whether writing can be taught: "I have
no doubt that writing can be taught—but here the burden of responsibility falls mostly on the
teacher, not the writer. By this I mean that writing must be taught in a way that emphasizes
discovery and growth of the student-writer’s voice, rather than emphasizing adaptation of a
writer’s voice to a history of literature or to current trends in literature.” Learn more about poet
and Classics professor M.B. McLatchey at
In the Spotlight today!

Jun. 2017 - M.B. will join Jen Karetnick, Catherine Esposito Prescott, and Neil H. Spirtas this
fall to lead a panel entitled “Writing What We Eat: Crafting the Culinary in Our Writing" at the
Other Words literary conference in Tampa. Stay tuned for details.

Apr. 2017 - Thanks to a Luso-American FLAD Scholarship, M.B. will be attending the 2017
Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal this summer. M.B. will be joining
poets
Erica Dawson and Denise Duhamel at this premier event that brings together writers
and poets from all over the world to work with Portuguese writers in the heart of Lisbon.

Mar. 2017 - M.B., along with Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and poet Dr. David Axelrod,
participated in a panel discussion at the
2017 First Amendment Seminar "Speak Freely,
Write Boldly" in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event was a huge success for local artists, poets
and writers. About 75 people as well as local media were in attendance.

Feb. 2017 -   Much gratitude to Rosalie Gartner, Archivist and Records Coordinator at
Emerson College, for tracking down a long lost high school friend,
On Rewinding,  which
appeared in the 1975 edition of
The Emerson Review.  And a belated thank you to contest
judge Charles Simic for his memorable affirmation... "Good job kid."

Jan. 2017 - The Huffington Post features M.B. in the article "To Be Published Or Not To Be
Published? Today’s Climate for Poet’s Works".

Dec. 2016 - Lori Desrosiers, editor of Naugatuck River Review, has asked M.B. to read her
poetry at the 2017
AWP Bookfair on Feb. 9.

Nov. 2016 - M.B. attended the 2016 Other Words Literary Conference in St. Augustine, Florida,
and, along with Neil Spirtas, co-presented the session:
Crying So Hard We're Laughing:
When Humor Works in Our Writing.  
Hosted by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition.

Oct. 2016 - "Fallen Angels", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, has been
published in the Summer 2016 issue of
Apeiron Review.

Sep. 2016 - "Cultures Crossing", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, will
be featured in an upcoming issue of
Broad Street.

Aug 2016 - M.B. will join others at the 2016 Other Words Literary Conference in St. Augustine,
Florida this November 4th to focus on humor in writing
.  Hosted by the Florida Literary Arts
Coalition.

July 2016 - "The Good Thief", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, was
published in the Summer 2016 issue of
Carolina Quarterly (page 110).

July 2016 - M.B. attended the 2016 DISQUIET International literary conference in Lisbon,
Portugal. M.B.also spent several weeks in Greece and Italy.

June 2016 - "Ex-Patriots", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, was
published in the June, 2016 issue of
Chautauqua.

May 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Urban Helicon" will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cold
Mountain Review.

May 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Ocracoke" was published in the Spring 2016 issue of The Briar Cliff
Review
.

Apr 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Parousia" was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Tar River
Poetry
.

Mar 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Sugaring", a semi-finalist in the 7th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest,
was published in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of
Naugatuck River Review.

Feb 2016 - M.B. will be reading at an AWP event hosted by Naugatuck River Review on April
1st,  2:30pm at the Triple 8 Chinese restaurant near the Los Angeles Convention Center.  
More details to follow.

Jan 2016 - "A Purple Heart", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming memoir was published in the
online issue of
Slippery Elm.

Jan 2016 - M.B. will serve as the 2016 Grand Prize judge of the 90th Poets' Dinner Contest  
for the
Ina Coolbrith Circle (ICC). The ICC is the oldest continuously running poetry circle in
the nation, founded by California's first poet laureate. Submission details can be found
here.

Dec 2015 - "A Purple Heart", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming memoir, Beginner's Mind, will
be featured in a 2016 online issue of
Slippery Elm.

DEC 2015 - M.B.'s poem "Sugaring" will be featured in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of
Naugatuck River Review.

DEC 2015 – M.B. and Bob Calabrese read from their writings at the Dan Pels Poetry Show at
Wine-Me
in Daytona Beach.

Dec 2015 - M.B.'s poem "Ocracoke" will be featured in the Spring 2016 issue of The Briar Cliff
Review.

Dec 2015 - "The Good Thief", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming memoir, Beginner's Mind, will
be featured in a 2016 issue of
Carolina Quarterly.

Nov 2015 -  "Ex-patriots", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming memoir, Beginner's Mind, will be
featured in the June, 2016 issue of
Chautauqua.

Nov 2015 – 2015 Ina Coolbrith Poetry Contest Grand Prize awarded by M.B for Joyce Odam's
poem "
White Elephant".

Nov 2015 – . M.B. presented the session Training Our Ears: Poetic Devices That Render Free
Verse Not So Free After All at the
2015 Other Words Conference, St. Augustine, FL, hosted by
the
Florida Literary Arts Coalition

Oct 2015  - M.B. and David Axelrod  sat down with Rick de Yampert of the Daytona Beach
News Journal to discuss their new roles as Volusia County's first  poets laureate. The article
and video
can be found here.

Sept 2015 -  See Kickstand Poetry's interview of M.B.on the writing process behind The Lame
God.

Sept 2015 - M.B.'s poem "Parousia" will be featured in a 2016 issue of Tar River Poetry.

Aug 2015 - M.B.selected as the 2015 Volusia County Poet Laureate, sharing the position
with David Axelrod of Daytona Beach.

Aug 2015 - M.B.'s chapbook Advantages of Believing was published by Finishing Line Press.

Aug 2015 - M.B. will serve this Fall as Grand Prize judge in the 96th annual poetry
competition for the
Ina Coolbrith Circle (ICC). The ICC is the oldest continuously running
poetry circle in the nation, founded by California's first poet laureate.

July 2015 - M.B.'s poem "Empirical God" will be featured in the December 2015 issue of
Ruminate Magazine.

June 2015 –
M.B.'s poem "The Breakfast Piece" will be featured in an upcoming issue of The
Drunken Boat.

May 2015 - M.B. is announced as a 2015 Volusia County Poet Laureate nominee.

April 2015 – Find M.B.’s recently published review of Rebecca Foust’s award-winning poetry
collection, Paradise Drive, in
The Collagist.

APRIL 2015 –
As featured Poet, M.B. conducted a poetry workshop and poetry reading at Mt.
Dora’s Annual
Poetry Under the Oaks celebration in Central Florida.

April 2015 -  M.B. and several Corvid Writers attended the 2015 AWP Annual Conference in
Minneapolis, Minnesota this Spring.  M.B. read her poetry at an off-site event hosted by
Naugatuck River Review on Friday, April 10, at the Rare Steak and Sushi restaurant.  And, it
was standing room only at the GAMUT GALLERY in Minneapolis for the Wine and Words
poetry reading by Utah State Press.  May Swenson Award  winners M.B. McLatchey, Luisa
Igloria, Travis Mossotti, and  Dan Rzicznek were featured.

Mar 2015 -  M.B. is thrilled to announce that she has joined hands with agent Christopher
Rhodes for her recently-completed manuscript, Beginner's Mind, an educational memoir
about a revolutionary teacher in the 1960's.

Feb 2015 - M.B. is announced as a 2015 Florida Poet Laureate nominee.

January 2015 - M.B. was awarded the 2014 FLP Chapbook Prize by Finishing Line Press  for
her poetry collection
Advantages of Believing.  Publication forthcoming in 2015.

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Upcoming Events:
Books:
In the News:
Oct 12, 2017 - Other Words literary conference.
Join writers, editors, agents, publishers, book
sellers and M.B. at one of Florida's premier
writers conferences. Hosted this year by the
University of Tampa, FL.

March 7-10, 2018 - AWP Conference and
Bookfair. Join over 12,000 attendees and M.B. at
the largest literary conference in North America.
The annual event will be h
eld at the Tampa
Convention Center in Florida
. Registration is
now open.
M.B. McLatchey
Volusia County Florida Poet Laureate
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
1-800-THE-LOST
Advantages of Believing
Against Elegies
Amber Alert
At the Grieving Parents Meeting
Arcadia
The Arrangement
Aubade
The Bath
Bingo Night for Missing Children
The Breakfast Piece
Catharsis
Days Inn
Emperical God
Girl at Piano
A Glass of Absinthe
House on Fire
A Kenning
The Lame God
Leaving the Mainland
Melville's Reader
Museum
Oaths, Curses, Blessings
Ocracoke
Odalisque
On Recognizing Saints
On Rewinding
Parousia
The Peculiar Truth
Portable Labyrinth
The Rape of Chryssipus
The Rescue
The Retrieval
Sanriku
Snow Globe
Sugaring
Teaching the Tragedies
Urban Helicon
Washday
Right Notes
Isms
The Good Thief
A Purple Heart
Ex-Patriots
Fallen Angels
Seamus Heaney
Edward Field
NPR's Tom Williams
Florida Book Review
Brad Crenshaw
Kickstand Poetry
New South: Georgia
Salem College
Spoon River Poetry Review
Robert Frost Foundation
Award Winning Poems: