M.B. McLatchey is a widely published poet and writer with a lifelong passion for
literature, philosophy, and ancient and modern languages. 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
has received numerous awards, including the 2011 American Poet Prize by The American
Poetry Journal and the 2012 Robert Frost Award. Promoted by the ACA as offering "The best
poetry course in 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 throughout the country, 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.
Aug 2019 - M.B. will serve this Fall as Grand Prize judge in the 2019 annual poetry
competition for the Ina Coolbrith Circle (ICC). ICC is the oldest continuously running poetry
circle in the nation, founded by California's first poet laureate, Ina Coolbrith.
July 2019 - M.B. will be leading a poetry workshop series in ekphrasis – writing about art – at
the Daytona Beach Veteran’s Center this Fall, 4:30 – 5:30 PM, on the 2nd Tuesday of each
month, beginning September 10th. Contact the Daytona Beach Vet Center for eligibility
requirements needed to participate. (386) 366-6600.
July 2019 - The Atlantic Center for the Arts has asked M.B. to host their poetry workshop
sessions again next Spring during April Poetry Month. Looking forward to seeing lots of
familiar and new faces. Stay tuned for details and dates.
June 2019 - M.B.'s paper "Odysseus’ Wounded Healer: New Insights on the Therapeutic
Value of Veteran Responses to Homer’s Odyssey" was published in the Journal of Veterans
Studies. The peer-reviewed journal is considered the premier journal in the world covering
the interdisciplinary field of veterans studies.
June 2019 - M.B. and other writer/poets from all over the world met to work with Portuguese
writers and poets at the 2019 Disquiet International Literary Program in the heart of Lisbon.
May 2019 - M.B. and long-time friend, artist and writer Edite Cunha have collaborated on a
collection of translations to English of the contemporary Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta.
Selected poems highlighting Maria's poetic and political passion are featured in the Spring
2019 issue of Ezra, an online journal of translations from Roger Williams University. Thank
you to Maria for her generous support in granting permission to the authors for these
May 2019 - M.B. will have the distinct privilege of delivering the keynote session for the 2019
Florida State Poets Association conference next October. She will reflect on her years of
mentorship under Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Join other poets and poetry-
lovers on Oct. 25-26 at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, FL.
May 2019 - M.B.'s poem "Ode for an Ode on a Grecian Urn" is now available for purchase in
the Volume 34 issue of FOLIO, a production of American University in Washington, DC. First
place winner of the 2019 Folio Editor's Prize for poetry, 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.
Apr 2019 - M.B.'s poem "Ode for an Ode on a Grecian Urn" is the 2019 recipient of FOLIO's
Editor's Prize for Poetry. It will appear in their upcoming issue later this Spring. FOLIO is a
production of American University in Washington, DC.
Apr 2019 - I just loved your class!! That response pretty much sums it up for all of the
amazing poets and wonderful new friends that attended M.B.'s National Poetry Month
workshops this year at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Stay tuned next Fall for more of what
some are calling "The best poetry course in Florida!"
Apr. 2019 - Beginning April 1, 2019, veterans from around Volusia County will have the
opportunity to discover how the arts can strengthen the spirit, encourage mental stimulation,
socialization, and manage chronic pain. Atlantic Center for the Arts ambassadors M.B.
McLatchey, Bethany Bennett, and Eve Payor will volunteer at the Daytona Beach Vet Center to
lead veterans in creative activities, including writing, painting, and music. Creative
Expressions meets from 9:30 - 11:30 AM on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month. Contact the
Daytona Beach Vet Center for eligibility requirements to participate. (386) 366-6600.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
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.
In the News:
October 2019 - Florida State Poets Association's Fall
poetry conference. Join M.B. and a vibrant state-wide group
of poets and poetry-supporters on Oct. 25-26 at the Plaza
Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, FL. M.B. will be keynote
speaker, reflecting on her years of mentorship under Nobel
Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
April 2020 - M.B. will again host weekly poetry workshops at
the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach for the
2020 Poetry Month of April. Stay tuned for details and dates.
Florida's Poet Laureate for Volusia County
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
Award Winning Poems: