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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, Chancellor for the Florida State Poets Association, Poet Laureate of Florida's Volusia County, Arts & Wellness Ambassador for the Atlantic Center for the Arts, U.S. Ambassador to the HundrED global  foundation for innovation in education, poetry reader for the Miami based journal SWWIM, producer of a video poetry series, and author of six books.

IN THE NEWS

June 2024 - Verse Daily has selected M.B.'s poem "Afterlives" for recognition this month! The poem is taken from her latest collection Smiling at the Executioner. Thank you to editor J.P. Dancing Bear.

 

Apr. 2024 - It's National Poetry Month! M.B. will host ACA Poetry Workshops every Wednesday night this month from 4pm to 6pm at the Harris House in New Smyrna Beach. 

Feb. 2024 - Poetry Night. All lovers of poetry are invited to join M.B. and Orlando area poets on Wednesday evening, Feb. 28, for Central Florida's inaugural Patio Poets event at the beautiful Venue on Lake Lily in Maitland, Florida. M.B. will Guest Poet at 7pm, immediately followed by an Open Mic for all Florida poets until 9pm. Admission is $7. Come help make this new monthly event a huge success and show everyone how much Florida Loves Poetry!!!

Location: 641 Maitland Ave S, Maitland, FL 32751

Jan. 2024 - With over fifty attendees present, The Hub on Canal featured M.B. at this month's Open Mic Poetry Night for a fun night of friends, poetry and wine. Thank you to Pamela and Mary Jane for hosting and to all the wonderful poets that showed up for Open Mic.

Jan. 2024 - M.B. is honored to announce that her poem “Pop Quiz" has been published in the Winter 2024 issue of Sky Island Journal. A warm and heartfelt thank you to Editors Jeff and Jason.

 

Dec. 2023 - Purple Ink Press has announced that it will be publishing M.B.'s poem "Rate My Professor: A Rebuttal" in a print version of Chameleon Chimera, an Anthology of South Florida Poets curated by Lenny DellaRocca.

Dec. 2023 - Florida Loves Poetry!!!  Join M.B. in exploring how writing in poetic forms – chants, odes, haikus, epistolary poems, and more – can unleash your most authentic voices. Beginners to advanced-level poets are invited. Sponsored by Atlantic Center for the Arts. SIGN UP NOW

  •  Four sessions: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24. 4pm-6pm

  •  ACA Harris House: 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach

Nov. 2023 - BOOK RELEASE!!  M.B.'s newest poetry collection, Smiling at the Executioner, has just been released and is available from Kelsay Books as well as your favorite book outlets. See why the editor of Verse Daily says, "These are the kind of poems you hope you can remember to quote when in moments of uncertainty." —J.P. Dancing Bear

Nov. 2023 - M.B. and Edite Cunhã are happy to announce that their recent translation of poems by Portuguese poet Maria Teresa Horta has been published in the British journal Cable Street. Edite and M.B. have been collaborating on Portuguese translations since they first met in Lisbon in 2017.

Nov. 2023 - "The best poetry workshops in Florida" are underway at The HUB on Canal.

Nov. 2023 - M.B.'s poem "Balcony House" has been published in the Fall issue of Tampa Review. Thank you poetry editor Jodi Johnson.

Nov. 2023 - Fall Festival of the Arts. Come listen to poetry readings by M.B. and Co-Poet Laureate Dr. David Axelrod along with other local poets on Sunday 11/19/23 at the Chess Park Stage next to the courthouse in downtown Deland. 12noon to 1pm.

Oct. 2023 - Reader's Favorite has awarded 5 Stars to M.B.'s newest poetry collection, Smiling at the Executioner. In their words: "Smiling at the Executioner is a great selection for readers who enjoy eloquently written poems within a work of collected thought." Due out later this year from publisher Kelsay Books.

Sep. 2023 - M.B. and fellow Regal House author Ginger Pinholster were welcomed to a warm crowd of over fifty attendees to their book readings and book launch at the Barnes & Noble in Tomoka Town Center last week. In attendance was ERAU's president and his wife as well as several deans and students from the university. M.B. shared a passage from Beginners's Mind and some poetry from her upcoming collection, Smiling at the Executioner. A heartfelt thanks to Ginger for organizing such a wonderful event.

Sep. 2023 - M.B. is happy to announce that The Banyan Review has published her poetry in their Fall 2023 issue. The poems can be viewed here: "A Drink of Water," "Synonym for Marriage", "Morning in Three Movements".

Aug. 2023 - Thank you to The Banyan Review and guest editor Terry Lucas for including some of M.B.'s most recent poetry in their upcoming release next month. Poems included are: "A Drink of Water," "Synonym for Marriage", and "Morning in Three Movements". The Banyan Review is an online, international journal that promotes poetry, art, and the natural world.

July 2023 - Poetry Workshops. M.B. is excited to announce that she will be hosting a new series of poetry workshops this Fall at The HUB on Canal. The four workshops will run on consecutive Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6pm starting on October 25, 2023, continuing to November 15. Serious poets and writers of all skill levels are welcome. See why many are calling these the best poetry workshops in Florida. Seating is limited, so sign up soon. Nominal fee required.

July 2023 - Upcoming Poetry Reading. M.B. will guest poet the Open Mic Poetry Night series at The HUB on Canal next January 20 at 5pm. For details about the monthly event, contact Mary Jane at 386-214-6409.

July 2023 - Thank you to the South Florida Poetry Journal and to curator Lenny DellaRocca for including M.B. in An Anthology of Florida Poets. Her poem "Rate My Professor: A Rebuttal" has been featured in the collection.

June 2023 - Refreshments and Readings - Barnes & Noble, Daytona Beach, Saturday, Sept. 16. M.B. will be joining author Ginger Pinholster to read from their upcoming works. Ginger will be launching her book Snakes of St. Augustine and M.B. will read from her newest collection, Smiling at the Executioner.

June 2023 - M.B. is happy to announce that her poem "Balcony House" has been accepted for publication in Tampa Review, Florida’s oldest continuously published literary journalThank you to editors Jodi Johnson and Yuly Restrepo Garcés for their strong support of literature and visual arts.

May 2023 - The ACA Poetry Workshop Testimonials for 2023 are in and they are lovely! If you have a moment, you can check here to see what the participants had to say. 

Apr. 2023 - Writing the tops of their heads off!!! A record number of poets and writers came out to Harris House this year to make the ACA Poetry Month series a huge success. Info about the series can be found at Atlantic Center for the ArtsIf I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. - Emily Dickinson

Mar. 2023 - M.B. is excited to announce that Kelsay Books will be publishing her newest book of poetry, Smiling at the Executioner. The release is scheduled for later this year in November.

Mar. 2023 - The ACA poetry workshops scheduled for April are sold out. You can send an email to mbmclatchey@gmail.com if you would like to get onto the standby list.

Feb. 2023 - It's almost that time of year again! April is poetry month and that means poetry workshops at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. See why some are calling these the best poetry workshops in Florida. M.B. will host the workshops every Wednesday evening throughout April. Admission is free but space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot soon. You can find out more and register today on ACA's poetry page.

 

Jan. 2023 - M.B.'s poem “Rate My Professor: A Rebuttal" has been published in the 2023 Winter Issue of Sky Island Journal. Thank you to its wonderful editors, Jeff Sommerfeld and Jason Splichal.

Jan. 2023 - It is with heavy heart that we notify you that local poet Robert Calabrese has passed away. Highly admired by all who knew him, Bob had a gentle soul, was a dear friend to all, and without question, was a highly gifted poet. Bob and his poetry will be remembered at this month's Open Mic Poetry Night at The Hub on Canal on January 21st.

Dec. 2022 - M.B. is honored to announce that her poem “Rate My Professor: A Rebuttal" has been accepted to appear in Issue #23 (Winter 2023) of Sky Island Journal, to be published on January 21, 2023. A warm and heartfelt thank you to Editors Jeff and Jason.

 

Dec. 2022 - Join M.B. In Miami to attend a SWWIM poetry reading with poets Traci Brimhall and Silvia Curbelo at The Betsy-South Beach Library. Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 7:30 PM EST.

Dec. 2022 - M.B.'s poem "Inventory" has been published in the Fall issue of Southern Poetry Review. Begun in 1958 by Guy Owen and now based in Savannah, Georgia, SPR is the second oldest poetry journal in the Southeast. Thank you to Editor James Smith and Associate Editor Tony Morris.

Nov. 2022 - Atlantic Center for the Arts has announced dates for their annual poetry workshops for poetry month next April (2023) at ACA Harris House in New Smyrna Beach. M.B. will host four workshops over the month with the theme "Freeing our poetic voices the formal way". Explore how writing in poetic forms – chants, odes, haikus, epistolary poems, and more – can unleash our most authentic voices. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Sign up on ACA's website.

Oct. 2022 - The Florida State Poets Association held their Annual Fall Convention this week in Daytona Beach, joining old friends with new, and sharing the stage this year with several nationally acclaimed SLAM Poetry legends. M.B. hosted a panel of SLAM poets to help introduce the audience to SLAM poetry. The panel included SLAM greats Bob Holman, Kevin Campbell, Ed Mabrey, and Shawn Welcome. Events concluded with the Blackberry Peach National Poetry Slam competition.

Oct. 2022 - Chancellor, Florida State Poets Association.  It is with great honor, appreciation, and respect that M.B. accepts FSPA’s recognition and lifetime appointment as FSPA Chancellor. She will be joining a distinguished group of poets and writers living in Florida that are recognized by FSPA "to be among the finest poets in the nation". Previously appointed Chancellors include Lee Bennett Hopkins, member of the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of the State of Florida, Lola Haskins, Carol Frost, Silvia Curbelo, Denise Duhamel, Virgil Suárez, and David Kirby. All are longtime residents of Florida. More about them here.

Sep. 2022 - M.B.'s poem "Calendar Plans" has been published in the 2022 edition of Relief: a journal of art and faith dedicated to human flourishing through literature. Thank you to poetry Editor Julie L. Moore and Editor in Chief Daniel Bowman, Jr.

Sep. 2022 - The Healing Power of Mindfulness: Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention. Sponsored by AdventHealth and Atlantic Center for the Arts, the free event will feature physicians practicing mindfulness activities through meditation, expressive writing (with M.B.), and a healthy dinner and refreshments. Open to the public. Details here.

Sep. 2022 - Thank you to the Wheaton Writing Academy and its members for a delightful poetry workshop this month. M.B. and the attendees had a fun and productive time online while unleashing  poetic voces, making new friends, and even completing new poems. Plans for M.B. to host another session with the Academy are forthcoming. Stay tuned!

Aug. 2022 - Register now! Florida State Poets Association (FSPA) is partnering with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies for this year’s fall convention in Daytona. The event this year will include the Blackberry Peach National Slam Poetry Competition. M.B. will moderate a panel of Slam Poetry enthusiasts as well as announce some exciting news. The three-day conference is October 21-23 at the Marriott Residence Inn Daytona Beach Shores. Details here.

 

July 2022 - M.B. is honored to serve once again as Grand Prize Judge for the annual poetry contest hosted by California's Ina Coolbrith Circle. ICC is the oldest continuously-running poetry group in the nation, founded by California's first poet laureate, Ina Coolbrith. Results will be announced in December. 

July 2022 - Results of the InterBoard Poetry Competition for May have been released, along with commentary from M.B. as Guest Judge. Congratulations once again to the winners.

June 2022 - M.B. is delighted to announce that her poems "The Shadow Maker" and "War in Eurasia" have been published in Issue 32 of Sequestrum. Be sure to check out M.B.'s responses to Q&A on the Contributor Spotlight page. Many thanks to Managing Editor, R. M. Cooper, and the team.

May 2022 - Results of the InterBoard Poetry Competition for April have been released, along with commentary from M.B. as Guest Judge. Congratulations to the winners.

Apr. 2022 - M.B. will serve as Guest Judge for the InterBoard Poetry Competition this summer. The mission of IBPC is "to provide assistance, incentive, and an environment which is conducive to the continual growth, in both quality and popularity, of poetry on the Internet." 

Apr. 2022 - Celebrate National Poetry Month this April with Atlantic Center for the Arts. M.B. is hosting poetry workshops every Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at ACA's Harris House in New Smyrna Beach. More info here.

Mar. 2022 - M.B. has accepted an invitation from nationally-recognized Wheaton Writing Academy to host a three-hour online poetry workshop next fall. Beginners to advanced-level poets will all be welcome. See date and time details in the Events section.

Mar. 2022 - M.B. is pleased to announce that her poem "Calendar Plans" has been accepted for  publication in the Spring 2022 edition of Reliefa journal of art and faith dedicated to human flourishing through literature. Thank you to poetry editor Julie L. Moore and editor in chief Daniel Bowman, Jr.

Feb. 2022 - M.B.'s poems, "The Shadow Maker" and "War in Eurasia" will be featured in an upcoming issue of Sequestrum. In their words, "We publish concise, evocative writing that couldn’t exist in any other form, yet reminds us of the breadth and scope of longer works... We believe good writing deserves recognition and are a paying market for new and literary-heavyweights alike." Thank you to Sequestrum editor Ralph Cooper.

 

Feb. 2022 - M.B. is delighted to announce that she has been invited to join the staff at SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami) as poetry reader. SWWIM continues to be the Southeast's premier online poetry journal as well as host of the very popular poetry reading series at The Betsy Hotel on Miami's South Beach. M.B. looks forward to working with editors Jen, Catherine,  Caridad, and Alexandra. 

Feb. 2022 - M.B. is pleased to announce that her poem "Inventory" has been accepted for  publication in Southern Poetry Review. Begun in 1958, "SPR publishes poems from all over the country as well as from abroad and maintains a worldwide readership." Thank you to editor James Smith.

Jan. 2022 - M.B.’s poem, “The Wisdom of the Cave," has been published in South Florida's favorite online journal -- SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami). A warm thank you to their editors Jen, Catherine, and Caridad. Be sure to check out SWWIM's list of upcoming events and readings at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach, Miami.

Upcoming Events - 2024

April - National Poetry Month

ACA Poetry Workshops - Get ready to embrace National Poetry Month in April, 2024 by signing up now for the Florida Loves Poetry workshops and see why poets are calling these "the best poetry workshops in Florida!" M.B. will host four consecutive Wednesday night classes, 4pm to 6pm, at the Harris House in New Smyrna Beach. Free of charge. Beginners to advanced are welcome, but seating is limited.  SOLD OUT

Florida Loves Poetry!!!

Best poetry workshops in Florida!  The HUB on Canal

Barnes & Noble 2023 - Book launch and signing

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Writing the tops of their heads off at Harris House

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Poetry month 2023 at Atlantic Center for the Arts

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