Chancellor Florida State Poets Association
Florida Poet Laureate Volusia County
Winner of 2011 American Poet Prize
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, and author of six books.
IN THE NEWS
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 email@example.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 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.
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.
Dec. 2021 - M.B.'s poem "Ctrl+Z" has been published in the fall issue of The Florida Review, a publication of the University of Central Florida. The issue includes "our editors’ picks of the very best of our general submissions. No contest, no theme—just the best of the best." Thank you to editors Jake Wolff and Kenneth Hart for their support.
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.
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 husband.
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, and 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 worldwide, 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 order. 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.”
ACA Poetry Workshops [Sold Out]
Atlantic Center for the Arts will host their annual poetry workshops at ACA Harris House in New Smyrna Beach throughout poetry month this April. M.B. will host four workshops over the month with the theme "Freeing our poetic voices the formal way". Admission is free. Sign up on ACA's website.