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. 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...
Jan. 2020 - The 2020 Spring 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."
Dec. 2019 - M.B. will conduct a poetry workshop at the Daytona Beach Veteran’s Center on
Tuesday, Dec 10th, from 4:30 to 5:30. For eligibility requirements, contact the Daytona Beach
Vet Center at (386) 366-6600.
Dec. 2019 - M.B. and co-author Edite Cunha had several of their English translations of
Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta accepted for publication in two highly-acclaimed literary
translation journals. Smith College's Metamorphoses journal and Princeton University's
Inventory journal will feature several of their works this Spring. Thank you once again to Maria
for her generous support of the authors.
Dec. 2019 - The Atlantic Center for the Arts has invited M.B. to once again host weekly poetry
workshops at their New Smyrna Beach location during Poetry Month next April. The sessions
are free and open to all, but, seating is limited -- sign up here. Testimonials from previous
workshop attendees can be found here.
Nov. 2019 - M.B.'s poem “Ode for an Absent Student” has been accepted for publication in the
Winter/Spring 2020 issue of Naugatuck River Review. A very fond thank you to their wondeful
publisher, Lori Desrosiers.
Nov. 2019 - M.B. and Edite Cunhã have expanded their translations of contemporary
Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta into English. Four new poems from Maria's Poesis
collection are featured in the latest online issue of Springhouse. Thank you to Maria and the
wonderful team at Springhouse for their generous recognition and support..
Oct. 2019 - M.B., Lola Haskins, Carol Frost and a vibrant state-wide group of poets and
poetry-lovers met at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach for the Florida State Poets
Association's annual poetry conference. As keynote speaker, M.B. reflected on her years of
mentorship under Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
Oct. 2019 - The Blue Room Collective's forthcoming anthology, Grabbed, which contains
M.B.'s poem “Bingo Night for Missing and Exploited Children”, has been accepted for
publication 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. 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. Professor Anita Hill and writer Joyce
Maynard have written the afterword and foreword to the anthology. Profits from the book will
be donated to charities to be named. Publication is expected in 2020.
Oct. 2019 - October gave a party...The Florida State Poets Association will be hosting a
poetry contest for all 2019 convention attendees at their Daytona Beach event this Fall. The
subject: Why I Write Poetry. Submission deadline is noon Saturday, October 26th; contest
judge: M.B. McLatchey. Prizes will be awarded!!!
Sep. 2019 - M.B.’s poem, “Where Winter Spends the Summer," has been featured as the
Poem of the Day in Miami's online journal, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami).
Thank you to its amazing editors, Jen Karetnick and Catherine Esposito Prescott.
Sep. 2019 - M.B..’s new poem, “Where Winter Spends the Summer," will be featured this
month in one of the coolest online journals in the South -- SWWIM (Supporting Women
Writers in Miami). Join the SWWIM team, and poets Ashley M. Jones and Donna Aza Weir-
Soley for their SWWIM hosted readings at The Betsy Hotel on South Beach, Miami this
Wednesday (9/11) at 7pm.
Sep 2019 - Beginner's Mind is now a book!!! "In a time when our schools are dogged by
institutionalized goals for our children, Beginner’s Mind gives us a classroom where personal
growth and innovative thinking happens in unimaginable ways." A huge and endless thank
you to Regal House Publishing for ushering this precious work into the world and to the
mentors and friends of M.B. who helped her bring the loving stories of Ms. D. to life. Through
the watchful eyes of a ten-year-old, M.B. examines the question, "How do we want teachers to
educate our children?" Release date is scheduled for 2021.
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.
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In the News:
January 30, 2020 - M.B. will present a paper on Homer's
Odyssey at the annual Sunshine State Teaching and
Learning Conference; Thursday at 4:30 pm.
March 4-7, 2020 - AWP Conference & Bookfair. An annual
destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and
publishers, with over 2,000 presenters, hundreds of
readings, panels, and craft lectures, and over 800 presses,
journals, and literary organizations from around the world.
April 2020 - M.B. will host weekly poetry workshops at the
Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach for the
2020 Poetry Month of April. Details here.
Florida's Poet Laureate for Volusia County
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
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