M.B.McLatchey is a widely published poet and scholar with an extensive background
in literature, philosophy, and ancient and modern languages. She is Poet Laureate of
Florida's Volusia County and Associate Professor of Humanities at Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She was awarded the 2011 American
Poet Prize by The American Poetry Journal for her poem "1-800-THE-LOST" and was a 2015
Poet Laureate nominee for the state of Florida.
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 poetry chapbook 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.
Essays / Reviews:
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:
MAR 30, 2016 - M.B. will be attending the
2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles.
Reading venue TBA.
Volusia County Florida Poet Laureate
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize