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.
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.
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
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
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
June 2015 – M.B.'s poem "The Breakfast Piece" will be featured in an upcoming issue of The
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.
In the News:
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 held at the Tampa
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Volusia County Florida Poet Laureate
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
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