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M.B. McLatchey is a poet and writer living, writing, and teaching in Florida. She is a Professor of Humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Poet Laureate of Florida's Volusia County, Arts & Wellness Ambassador for the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and U.S. Ambassador to the HundrED global foundation for innovation in education.
Nov. 2021 - Atlantic Center for the Arts has announced dates for their annual poetry month workshop series next April (2022) at ACA Harris House in New Smyrna Beach. M.B. will host four workshops over the month with the theme "Unleashing our poetic voices". Discover how writing in traditional forms such as the ode, sonnet, and even self-invented forms can free us to let our unconscious play a role in our art. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Sign up on ACA's website, or reach out by email to M.B. if you have questions.
Nov. 2021 - M.B.'s article "Innovating Educational Innovation: Introducing Beginner’s Mind into the Classroom" is now viewable on the HundrED Organization's website. The article speaks to the impact of introducing beginner's mind into the classroom.
Nov. 2021 - M.B.’s poem, “The Wisdom of the Cave," will be featured this coming January in South Florida's coolest online journal -- SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami). You can join the SWWIM team and guest poets for hosted readings at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Miami on select Wednesdays at 7pm. The next readings are November 10th and December 15th. c u there.
Oct. 2021 - The 10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out International Poetry Competition has closed and the winners have been selected. From M.B. -- As Guest Judge for the for 2021 Poetry Competition, I have been inspired and uplifted by the verses submitted to this year’s contest. To leave you with Dylan Thomas: The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. For 2022, the contest will return to its usual schedule in April.
Oct. 2021 - Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) gives tribute to one of its own, highlighting some of M.B.'s recent accomplishments. Many thanks to Ginger Pinholster, Assistant Vice President of News/Research Communications and to Steven Master, associate professor and interim chair of the Humanities and Communication Department.
Oct. 2021 - M.B.'s poem "Ode for My Department Chair Who Left a Face Shield on My Desk" has been published in the fall issue of English Journal, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. The journal is NCTE’s award-winning collection of ideas for English language arts teachers in junior and senior high schools and middle schools.
Oct. 2021 - M.B. is excited and honored to have been chosen as guest judge for the 10th Annual Winter Park Paint Out International Poetry Competition. The autumn event is hosted by The Kerouac Project and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park, Florida. Poetry competition is organized by poet Mark Andrew J Terry, Director Emeritus for the museum and Vice President of the Florida State Poets Association. The competition begins on October 11. Details here.
Sep. 2021 - The FSPA Zoomies presentation featuring Beginner's Mind originally scheduled for 9/14 has been rescheduled to 9/28 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. M.B. will read from her new book and speak to the topic of "poets writing prose". Details here.
Aug. 2021 - Check out the latest release of Avatar Review Issue 23 which contains M.B.'s poem "Another Inevitable Romance at Olduvai Gorge". The poem was originally accepted for publication by Science magazine in 1985 (that's over 35 years ago!) but, sadly, never made it to print. A huge thank you to the editors at Avatar for honoring this ancient gem.
Aug. 2021 - M.B. is thrilled to announce that Sky Island Journal has nominated her poem "Smiling at the Executioner" for the 2021 Best of the Net award. The poem appeared in their Summer 2020 journal and was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A warm thank you to its editors, Jeff and Jason, for the beautiful work they do.
Aug. 2021 - Join M.B. and the FSPA Zoomies via Zoom on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 7pm to discuss "poets writing prose" and to hear excerpts from M.B.'s new book, Beginner's Mind. Details of the Zoom session are listed on the EVENTS page.
July 2021 - Exciting news! M.B. has been appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the International Organization of Education Innovators called HundrED. The organization is a global non profit with a mission to improve education through impactful innovations. "Everything we do starts with a child in mind and is based on our manifesto. We work with innovators, educators and funders in all continents."
July 2021 - Education in Literature Podcast. You can listen to M.B. (Beginner's Mind) and author Kevin McIntosh (Class Dismissed) discuss the philosophical underpinnings of their new education-themed books with Regal House Publishing's Jaynie Royal and Pam Van Dyk. Jaynie and Pam do a spectacular job of getting to the story behind the stories while also eliciting foundational commentary from these seasoned pros on the challenges and rewards of teaching in today's age.
June 2021 - M.B.'s poem "The End of Knowing" has been published in The Criterion, a peer-reviewed international journal that publishes theoretical and research articles in English Literature and Language, Humanities and Social Sciences. The e-journal is produced by Rajaram College in India.
June 2021 - M.B. will be featured as an guest reader for the Midsummer Night's Pensive Reading on June 9th, hosted on Zoom by Northeastern University's Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) and the New England Poetry Club. Readings start at 7pm. RSVP preferred.
May 2021 - The Authors Guild has featured M.B. and her latest book, Beginner's Mind, in their Member Spotlight section. Check out her interview with this great resource for writers and learn more about why and how writer's write. M.B.'s advice: "Know everything you can know about the rules of writing so that you can comfortably and creatively break the rules."
May 2021 - IT'S A BOOK - 12.6 OUNCES! Beginner's Mind was just released today and is available from Regal House Publishing as well as your favorite book outlets. A long, but much needed journey that takes a fresh look at how we educate our children. "Thank you beyond measure to my publisher, my fellow writers, my two boys, my extended family, to so many new friends, and especially to my husband for supporting this dream every step of the way." - M.B
May 2021 - For a behind the scenes look at M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, be sure to check out her interview in the May/June issue of Florida's premier poetry magazine, Of Poets & Poetry. Heartfelt thanks to its wonderful editor Mark Andrew James Terry, brilliant interviewer Al Rocheleau, and all at the Florida State Poets Association that make this publication possible.
Apr. 2021- Welcome to M.B.'s new and improved website. The transfer of all of her data from the old 2005 Yahoo website to this modern and mobile-device-friendly platform will take several months to complete, but, the core work is done. Please excuse any broken links while the work is completed.
Apr. 2021 - Enjoy Poetry Month by watching M.B.'s two latest installments of her Fresh Perspectives in Poetry video series produced by the Atlantic Center for the Arts. The April 7th release can be viewed here, and the April 14th release featuring poet Seamus Heaney can be viewed here. Thank you all for the wonderful and encouraging feedback, and requests for more.
Apr. 2021 - Just in time for April's Poetry Month, three new poems from M.B. have been published in literary journals: "Aftercare" in The Raintown Review , "On Forgetting Ash Wednesday" in Iris Literary Journal, and "Invocation" in Cider Press Review. Thank you to the editors for their recognition and support.
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 middle schools.
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.
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 beautiful website.
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.
December 15, 2021 - SWWIM poetry series
Supporting Women Writers in Miami will host a poetry reading at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Miami on Wednesday evening at 7pm. Details here.
April 2022 - ACA Poetry Month Workshops
Celebrate National Poetry Month in 2022 with Atlantic Center for the Arts! M.B. will host poetry sessions each Wednesday at 3pm on April 6, 13, 20, 27 at ACA Harris House in New Smyrna Beach. Sign up here.