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. Her poetry was recently nominated for the
2020 Pushcart Prize. 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. Her
latest book, Beginner's Mind, is scheduled for release in 2021 by Regal House Publishing. It
explores the question, "How do we want teachers to educate our children?"
M.B. has received numerous academic teaching 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. Read more...
Apr. 2021 - Enjoy Poetry Month this April by watching M.B.'s two latest installments of her
Presh Perspectives in Poetry video series produced by the Atlantic Center for the Arts. The
April 7th release can be viewed here, and the next release, premiering on April 14th at 7pm,
will feature poet Seamus Heaney. You won't want to miss it. Get all the details here.
Mar. 2021 - M.B.'s poem "Ctrl+Z" has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of
The Florida Review. The University of Central Florida journal publishes "exciting new work
from around the world from writers both emerging and well known." Thank you to poetry
editor Kenneth Hart.
Mar. 2021 - Thank you to Readers' Favorite for its Five-Star award to Beginner's Mind!
Mar. 2021 - Exciting news!! Regal House Publishing's upcoming release of M.B.'s latest
book, Beginner's Mind - From Shipyard to Harvard Yard: Embracing Endless Possibilities, is
now only 2 months away! Get a preview of the book that parents and teachers have been
longing for by checking out the very cool video trailer here. Available now for preorder.
Feb. 2021 - M.B.'s poem, "Another Inevitable Romance at Olduvai Gorge", previously accepted
for publication by Science magazine in 1985, will reappear this summer in Avatar Review.
Jan. 2021 - M.B.'s poem "Ode for My Department Chair Who Left a Face Shield on My Desk"
has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the English Journal, a publication
of the National Council of Teachers of English. English Journal is NCTE’s award-winning
journal of ideas for English language arts teachers in junior and senior high schools and
Jan. 2021 - M.B.'s poem "Before the Common Era" has been published in the Australian
journal Quadrant. Thank you to their literary editor, Barry Spurr.
Dec. 2020 - "Ode to the Heart", a poem in memory of fallen ERAU student-pilot Zachary
Capra, has been published in The Florida State Poets Association's Of Poets & Poetry.
Dec. 2020 - M.B.'s poem "Cues" has been published in The National Poetry Review. A warm
thank you to their editor-in-chief, Angela Vogel, and to Gina for her loving inspiration.
Dec 2020 - M.B.'s poem "Afterlives" has been published in the inaugural issue of Pensive: A
Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts. The annual publication is produced by The Center
for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service at Northeastern University in Boston. Our best wishes
for the continued success of their new endeavor.
Nov. 2020 - M.B. is thrilled to announce that Sky Island Journal has nominated M.B.'s poem
"Smiling at the Executioner" for the 2020 Pushcart Prize. The poem appeared earlier this year
in their Summer 2020 journal. Thank you to its amazing editors - Jeff and Jason.
Oct. 2020 - The premier release of the second part of M.B.'s Fresh Perspectives in Poetry
video series was off to a great start again, but ran into some technical glitches this time with
FaceBook preventing some participants from seeing the entire presentation. If you missed it,
or were one of those that ran into issues viewing it, you can view it in its entirety here. We look
forward to seeing you again in the spring for more sessions.
Oct. 2020 - The Atlantic Center for the Art's premier release of M.B.'s Fresh Perspectives in
Poetry video series got off to a fantastic start on 10/14 with a record turnout of nearly two-
hundred poets, writers, and art lovers. If you missed it, you can still view session 1 here.
Session 2 will be premiered on 10/21. Check here for details.
Sep. 2020 - M.B. and co-author Edite Cunha are delighted to announce that their English
translation of Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta's poem "The Condition of the Verses" has
been published by the University of California, San Diego's Alchemy, a journal "committed to
publishing quality, contemporary translations of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction creative
writing." Thank you to Nolan Dannels and the editors of Alchemy and, as always, to Maria for
her generous support of the authors.
Sep. 2020 - M.B. and co-author Edite Cunha are thrilled to announce that their English
translation of "Verses" by Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta has been featured this month
in SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami). A very warm thank you to SWWIM editors
Jen, Catherine, and Caridad, and to Maria for her generous support of the authors.
Aug. 2020 - The dates for ACA's online video series "Fresh Perspectives in Poetry" have been
set for October 14 and 21; two more are planned for next April. Join M.B. on a journey of
learning from the most notable masters of poetry, from Homer to modern, from sonnet to ode
to free-verse, and from America to the world. Details here.
Jul. 2020 - The Blue Room Collective's much anticipated anthology, Grabbed, which
contains M.B.'s poem “Bingo Night for Missing and Exploited Children”, has just been
released by Beacon Press. Selected for inclusion earlier this year by poet Richard Blanco,
the collection of prose and poetry gives voice to those who have been abducted and exploited.
Jul. 2020 - Sky Island Journal has published M.B.'s poem "Smiling at the Executioner" in
their Summer 2020 journal of poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Check out their
Jun. 2020 - The Florida Humanities Council has awarded M.B., in partnership with Eve Payor
and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, a generous grant to produce a video series of poetry
discussions and online workshops. Look for more details this fall.
Jun. 2020 - Thank you to Robert D. Denham [McFarland & Co. Publishers] for recognizing
several of M.B.s ekphrastic poems in their edition of Poets on Paintings. M.B. has published
several poems that respond to visual art, and often incorporates this technique into her
poetry workshops. "Washday", named after the Grandma Moses painting, is a fine example.
Jun. 2020 - M.B.s poem "Invocation" has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue
of Cider Press Review. Founded in 1999 by Co-Publisher/Editors Caron Andregg and Robert
Wynne, CPR has been publishing the best of contemporary poetry for over two decades.
May 2020 - M.B.'s poem "On Forgetting Ash Wednesday" has been accepted for the Fall
issue of Iris Literary Journal.
May 2020 - M.B.'s poem "Afterlives" has been accepted for publication in the upcoming
inaugural issue of Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts. The annual
publication is produced by The Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service at Northeastern
University in Boston. The journal accepts works on spiritual topics, with a special interest in
work that deepens the inward life and promotes a more peaceful and sustainable world.
Apr. 2020 - Sky Island Journal has accepted M.B.'s poem "Smiling at the Executioner" for
publication in their Summer 2020 issue. They describe the poem as "the epitome of what we
consider powerful poetry to be. Vivid, palpable imagery saturates the perfect pacing of this
svelte, knife-like piece". Check out their beautiful site.
Apr. 2020 - M.B. is delighted to report that her poem "Aftercare" has been accepted for
publication in an upcoming issue of The Raintown Review. The poem is dedicated to her
Mar. 2020 - ACA POETRY WORKSHOPS CANCELLED. So sad, but, stay tuned for a new
date, hopefully by early summer. As soon as we confirm a new time and location, an email
with the details will be sent to all that signed up and to past attendees. Please stay safe and
maybe find some extra time now to write.
Mar. 2020 - SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami) has announced that M.B.'s poem
"Bad Apology" will be featured next Tuesday, March 10, as part of its #Tbt series. A very
delighted thank you to SWWIM editors Jen, Catherine & Caridad.
Feb. 2020 - M.B.'s poem "Before the Common Era" has been accepted for publication by the
Australian-based magazine, Quadrant. In the words of their editors, this intellectual magazine
publishes "well-written and thoughtful articles that fit within its general profile of a journal of
ideas, essays, literature, poetry and historical and political debate."
Feb. 2020 - M.B.'s poem "Cues" has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2020 issue of
The National Poetry Review. A very warm thank you to their editor-in-chief, Angela Vogel.
Feb. 2020 - Take a peek at M.B.'s presentation last Fall to Embry-Riddle's Industry Advisory
Board regarding her upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, and how it speaks to the need of
keeping the Liberal Arts and Humanities in our curriculum.
Feb. 2020 - The Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference has posted the papers
presented at last month's conference. M.B.'s paper on Homer's Odyssey can be found here.
Jan. 2020 - M.B.'s poem Prometheus's Regret has been published in The Halcyone, a new
literary review published quarterly by Black Mountain Press in Western North Carolina. Their
goal: we strive to publish the best poetry, short stories and art being produced world wide,
each issue. Thank you Black Mountain Press.
Jan. 2020 - The 2019 Fall issue of Smith College's Metamorphoses journal is now available
for purchase. The issue contains several translations by M.B. and co-author Edite Cunha of
the Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta. View their translations here, and consider
subscribing to future publications of this internationally inspired journal.
Jan. 2020 - M.B.'s poem “Ode for an Absent Student” is now available in the Winter/Spring
issue of Naugatuck River Review. We encourage everyone to purchase a copy of this
beautiful journal and support the wonderful work done by its publisher, Lori Desrosiers.
Jan. 2020 - The FSPA Winter issue of Of Poets & Poetry is out and available for ordering.
Check out the glowing review by FSPA president Al Rocheleau of M.B.'s keynote speech at
last October's conference where she reflected on her mentorship under Nobel Prize-winning
Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
Jan. 2020 - M.B.'s paper "Shifting Definitions of Justice: A Study of Student Veteran
Responses to Homer’s Odyssey" has been accepted for presentation at this year's Sunshine
State Teaching and Learning Conference on January 29 - 31 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Co-
hosted by USF and UCF, the three-day 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."
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In the News:
Fresh Perspectives in Poetry
In partnership with Atlantic Center for the Arts and with
sponsorship from The Florida Humanities Council, M.B. is
hosting a four-part poetry series on Facebook. From the
comfort and safety of your home or workplace, join M.B. on a
journey of learning from the world's most notable masters.
Free of charge and open to the public. Details here.
Session release dates are:
Oct. 14, 2020, 7-8pm - Part 1, session A (Watch now)
Oct. 21, 2020, 7-8pm - Part 1, session B (Watch now)
Apr. 7, 2021, 7-8pm - Part 2, session A (Watch now)
Apr. 14, 2021, 7-8pm - Part 2, session B
Florida's Poet Laureate for Volusia County
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
Award Winning Poems: