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.
Mar. 2019 - M.B and other writers read their newly published ekphrasis works responding to
vintage Florida postcards at the Saw Palm Issue 13 Release Party in Tampa. M.B. read "We
leave the beaches for the tourists, mostly". The well attended event was hosted by the
University of South Florida Department of English at Southern Brewing and Winemaking.
Feb. 2019 - In celebration of National Poetry Month this Spring, M.B. will be conducting poetry
workshops on the first two Wednesdays of April at Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House in
New Smyrna Beach. Admission is free and open to everyone. Sign up now!
Feb 2019 - M.B.'s poem "Ode for an Ode on a Grecian Urn" has been accepted for publication
in the upcoming issue of FOLIO, a production of American University in Washington, DC. The
poem is a response to Keats' ode in which he mourns the passing of life and the fact that he
will soon die of TB. Keats died at the age of 25.
Feb. 2019 - In her role as Atlantic Center for the Arts Ambassador, M.B. will be joining other
artists at the Daytona Beach Vets Center to conduct introductory workshops in music, writing
and visual art. More information on the February 6th event can be found here. Free and open
Jan 2019 - M.B.'s poem “Bingo Night for Missing and Exploited Children” has been selected
by poet Richard Blanco for inclusion in The Blue Room Collective's forthcoming anthology,
Grabbed – a collection of prose and poetry that gives voice to those who have been abducted
and exploited. Following in the footsteps of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya
Angelou, Richard Blanco was selected by President Barack Obama in 2012 to serve as only
the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history.
Jan 2019 - Daytona's Museum of Arts and Sciences has featured an article in their Winter
2019 magazine highlighting the ekphrastic poetry workshops conducted last Fall by M.B.
Ekphrastic poetry is poetry that responds to another work of art. The article and several
poems by local poets responding to the 100 Faces of War exhibit can be found on page 34.
Jan 2019 - M.B.'s poem "Ode for Amy" is featured in Arts&Sciences, a MOAS publication in
association with the Smithsonian Institution, Winter 2019.
Nov 2018 - M.B.'s paper "Odysseus Enrolled: Roadmaps in Homer's Odyssey for Veterans
and for Non-Veterans" has been accepted for presentation at next year's Sunshine State
Teaching and Learning Conference. Hosted next January in Daytona Florida, the event brings
together higher education scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to "raise awareness of
emerging challenges, offer overviews of best practices, highlight research findings, and
promote strategies for improving student and faculty success."
Nov 2018 - M.B.’s creative non-fiction piece, “A Good and Simple Meal”, has been published
in Tulip Tree's 2018 Anthology: Stories That Need to be Told. The piece was awarded first
place in the "Love" category. Available now on Amazon.
Oct 2018 - Binghamton University's Harpur Palate has featured three of M.B.'s poems in their
October 2018 Fall issue, Vol. 18.1. The poems include “Trigger Warning,” “On Folding a
Fitted Sheet,” and “Anthem”.
Oct 2018 - Due to last week's Hurricane Michael, Daytona's Museum of Arts and Sciences
poetry workshop series was rescheduled to this Wednesday,10/17, 4-6pm. Free and open to
the public as well as all levels of writers. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285 to
attend. The second workshop in this series is tentatively scheduled for the first or second
Wednesday in November. Stay tuned for details.
Oct 2018 - MB and a large audience of poets met this past weekend at the Florida State
Poets Association's 2018 Annual Conference. M.B. moderated a session titled: Can Poetry
Matter? with a distinguished panel of poets that included Lola Haskins, Michelle Lee, Joseph
Cavanaugh and Kyra Brokoph.
Oct 2018 - Tulip Tree Publishing has just announced that M.B.'s creative non-fiction piece "A
Good and Simple Meal" has won first place in their "Love" category of its Stories That Need to
be Told contest. The piece is part of M.B.'s upcoming book Beginner's Mind.
Oct 2018 - M.B.'s poem "We leave the beaches for the tourists, mostly" has been accepted
for publication in the University of South Florida's next issue of Saw Palm: Florida Literature
Sep 2018 - M.B.'s poem “Learning the Scriptures” has been published in Naugatuck River
Review: A Journal of Narrative Poetry That Sings, Summer/Fall 2018 – Issue 20.
Sep 2018 - M.B. and Denise Duhamel presented their work to a warm audience of South
Florida poetry lovers at the Betsy South Beach Hotel in Miami. The event was generously
sponsored by SWWIM. A reception for M.B., who was honored as Artist in Residence, was
hosted by hotel owner and arts lover Jonathan Plutzik.
Aug 2018 - Update - the "Beginner's Mind" poetry workshop series hosted by Atlantic Center
for the Arts this Fall is currently full. Please check the ACA website for waitlist options.
Aug 2018 - Art Therapy Panel Discussion. In conjunction with 100 Faces of War, a traveling
exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, M.B. will join other panelists to discuss the
growing field of Art Therapy on September 22nd at Daytona's Museum of Arts & Sciences.
Jul 2018 - M.B. has been honored as a 2018 Artist in Residence at the Writer's Room at the
Betsy in South Beach, Miami. At 7 PM on Wed, 9/12, join M.B. and local Miami poet Denise
Duhamel for an evening of poetry generously sponsored by SWWIM. Details here. And then
on Thursday, 9/13, at 5 PM, come meet M.B. and Stacey Lynn Browne at a wine & cheese
Meet the Artist reception hosted by Betsy hotel owner, Jonathan Plutzik.
Jul 2018 - Upcoming Summer Workshops in August! M.B. will host two poetry workshops on
Aug 22 and 29 (7 - 9pm) that explore the link between faith and poetry. Our values and our
beliefs define us, but, how willing are we to embrace these in our writing? Participants will
explore this while trying their hands at various forms of poetry. Open to the public. All levels of
poets are welcome, from non-writers to advanced. To register, contact: Jeannie Hansen at
(386) 253-4201, Unity of Daytona, 908 Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32117.
Jul 2018 - Upcoming Workshops this September, hosted by ACA. Every Wednesday 4-6 PM
throughout September, 2018. Topic: BEGINNER’S MIND - Chasing the Censors Away When
We Write Poems. M.B. will host this 4-part series sponsored by the Atlantic Center for the
Arts. Admission is free. Come try your hand at methods for writing poems that take risks and
tell truths. All levels of poets are welcome, from new to advanced. Limited to 15. Reserve your
spot now! Location: ACA Harris House, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Register at 386-402-1753 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: no class on 9/12.
Jul 2018 - Upcoming Poetry conference in Daytona Beach on Saturday, October 13 at 1:30
PM. M.B. will moderate the Florida State Poets Association panel: CAN POETRY MATTER?
Location: Plaza Resort & Spa. Join M.B. and a distinguished panel of poets, critics,
translators, and teachers to discus how poetry sings and why that singing serves us in
today's cultural climate. For information: email Florida State Poets Assn. President, Mary-Ann
Westbrook at email@example.com.
Jun 2018 - Harpur Palate of Binghamton University will feature three of M.B.'s poems in their
upcoming Fall 2018 issue. The poems include “Trigger Warning,” “On Folding a Fitted
Sheet,” and “Anthem”.
Jun 2018 - MOAS Poetry Workshops announced - WRITING TO CONNECT at Daytona's
Museum of Arts & Sciences. In partnering with the MOAS exhibit, “100 Faces of War,” M.B. will
lead a workshop series on October 10 (Wed) and October 17 (Wed) from 4-6 PM. Open to
the public, all ages & all levels of writers – with a special invitation to veterans and family &
friends of veterans. Participants will explore how written expression can generate positive
and creative directions in our lives. Limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot now! To
register, call Ruth Grim, museum curator, at 386-256-3546 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 2018 - M.B.'s poem “Learning the Scriptures” has been accepted for publication in the
Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Naugatuck River Review.
May 2018 - In her newly appointed role as ACA Arts & Wellness ambassador for the
renowned 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.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, came in as semi-finalist in the 2017
Creative Nonfiction Book Award contest by Zone 3 Press.
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".
Aug. 2017 - Florida writer Malcolm R. Campbell comments on M.B.'s recent reflections on
how to teach writing that were captured in AWP's In the Spotlight article last month. You can
read his blog article here.
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".
In the News:
Mar 27 - 30, 2019 - AWP Conference. Join over 12,000
writers, teachers, students, editors, publishers and MB in
Portland, Oregon next Spring for four days of dialogue,
networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and
opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature.
Apr 3 & 10, 2019. - National Poetry Month Workshops - In
conjunction with Atlantic Center for the Arts, M.B. will be
conducting poetry workshops on Wednesday evenings from
4 to 6pm at ACA's Harris House in New Smyrna Beach.
Admission is free and open to the public. Sign up now.
Florida's Poet Laureate for Volusia County
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
Award Winning Poems: