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,
Poet Laureate of Florida's Volusia County, and Arts & Wellness Ambassador for the Atlantic
Center for the Arts. 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.
May 2018 - In her newly appointed role as ACA Arts & Wellness ambassador for the
prestigious Atlantic Center for the Arts, M.B. led a poetry workshop for an enthusiastic
audience of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs members and regional directors from counties
throughout the state.
Apr 2018 - As National Poetry Month comes to a close, so do M.B.'s weekly poetry workshops
at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Turnout and participation each week was more than
wonderful, and the quality of work was outstanding.
Apr 2018 - The 2018 New Orleans Poetry Fesitval and Small Press Fair was a wonderful
success, with incredible performances and readings all weekend as well as moving tributes
to Marthe Reed. M.B. and panel spoke to a packed house about how poetry can give witness
to the coastal changes that confront us. We still have time. Hope to see you there next year.
Apr 2018 - The Daytona State Writer's Festival, hosted at Daytona's Museum of Arts &
Sciences on April 7th was a huge success. Over 80 participants were in attendance for an
afternoon of writing sessions led by local faculty and authors.
Mar 2018 - Join M.B. and several other faculty and writers on April 7 at the Daytona State
Writers' Festival. M.B. will moderate a panel discussion titled, "What is Poetry Anyway?" and
will also lead a workshop on Ekphrasis poetry. Come join the fun and express yourself.
Mar 2018 - M.B. joined over 12,000 attendees at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in Tampa
this month and read from her recent works at off-site events hosted by Naugatuck River
Review and by SWWIM. Lots of incredible work presented; lots of wonderful new friends.
Feb. 2018 - M.B. has been invited to read from her recent works at an event hosted by SWWIM
Come check out The Attic Cafe! More details here.
Jan 2018 - The 10th Anniversary Poetry Reading of Naugatuck River Review at AWP this year
will feature Destiny Birdsong, M.B. McLatchey, Robbie Gamble, Terry Blackhawk and NRR
editors Lori Desrosiers and Michael Mercurio on Thursday, March 8 at 3pm. Details here.
Jan. 2018 - M.B. will be joining other writers, poets and publishers this coming April at the
2018 New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair. She will co-present a panel entitled
Coastal Poetics: Crafting Erosion and Absence.
Dec. 2017 - M.B..’s poem, “Bad Apology," is featured in one of the newest and coolest online
journals in the South -- SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami).
Nov. 2017 - Upcoming Poetry Workshop series. Discover how to craft poems that listen and
respond to the world around us during National Poetry Month next April. M.B. will be
conducting poetry workshops each Wednesday at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Sign up
now for Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: Poetry Workshop for National Poetry Month.
Admission is Free! Veterans and families welcome.
Oct. 2017 - M.B. joined other poets, writers, editors, agents, publishers and book sellers at
the annual Other Words literary conference held this year at the University of Tampa in
Florida. Jen Karetnick, Catherine Esposito Prescott, Neil H. Spirtas and M.B. led a panel
titled “Writing What We Eat: Crafting the Culinary in Our Writing".
Jul. 2017 - M.B. is featured in the July issue of AWP's In the Spotlight in the article
"Can Writing Be Taught? Read an Interview with M.B. McLatchey".
Here's a clip from 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
Jun. 2017 - M.B. will join other poets and writers this fall to lead a literary panel 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
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
May 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Ocracoke" was published in the Spring 2016 issue of The Briar Cliff
Apr 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Parousia" was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Tar River
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.
In the News:
May - Aug, 2018 - Summer Workshops!
M.B. is in the early stages of organizing poetry
and writing workshops for this summer. Event
details will be posted here as they become
available. If you have a venue or group that is
interested in hosting, feel free to contact M.B.
Volusia County Florida Poet Laureate
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
Award Winning Poems: