OLDER NEWS (2019 - 2006)

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 NSB 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 wonderful 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 HaskinsCarol 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 2019Beginner'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 publications.

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. 2019M.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 to everyone.

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.

Nov 2018 - M.B.'s paper "Odysseus Enrolled: Roadmaps in Homer's Odyssey for Veterans and for Non-Veterans" has been accepted for presentation at next year's Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference. Hosted next January in Daytona Florida, the 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."

Nov 2018 - M.B.’s creative non-fiction piece, “A Good and Simple Meal”, has been published in Tulip Tree's 2018 Anthology: Stories That Need to be Told. The piece was awarded first place in the "Love" category. Available now on Amazon.

Oct 2018 - Binghamton University's Harpur Palate has featured three of M.B.'s poems in their October 2018 Fall issue, Vol. 18.1. The poems include “Trigger Warning,” “On Folding a Fitted Sheet,” and “Anthem”.

Oct 2018 - Due to last week's Hurricane Michael, Daytona's Museum of Arts and Sciences poetry workshop series was rescheduled to this Wednesday,10/17, 4-6pm. Free and open to the public as well as all levels of writers. RSVP by calling the Museum at 386-255-0285 to attend. The second workshop in this series is tentatively scheduled for the first or second Wednesday in November. Stay tuned for details.

Oct 2018 -  MB and a large audience of poets met this past weekend at the Florida State Poets Association's  2018 Annual Conference. M.B. moderated a session titled: Can Poetry Matter? with a distinguished panel of poets that included Lola Haskins, Michelle Lee, Joseph Cavanaugh and Kyra Brokoph.

Oct 2018Tulip Tree Publishing has just announced that M.B.'s creative non-fiction piece "A Good and Simple Meal" has won first place in their "Love" category of its Stories That Need to be Told contest. The piece is part of M.B.'s upcoming book Beginner's Mind.

Oct 2018 - M.B.'s poem "We leave the beaches for the tourists, mostly" has been accepted for publication in the University of South Florida's next issue of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art.

Sep 2018 - M.B.'s poem “Learning the Scriptures” has been published in Naugatuck River Review: A Journal of Narrative Poetry That Sings, Summer/Fall 2018 – Issue 20.

Sep 2018 -   M.B. and Denise Duhamel presented their work to a warm audience of South Florida poetry lovers at the Betsy South Beach Hotel in Miami. The event was generously sponsored by SWWIM. A reception for M.B., who was honored as Artist in Residence, was hosted by hotel owner and arts lover Jonathan Plutzik.

Aug 2018 - Update - the "Beginner's Mind" poetry workshop series hosted by Atlantic Center for the Arts this Fall is currently full. Please check the ACA website for waitlist options.

Aug 2018 Art Therapy Panel Discussion.  In conjunction with 100 Faces of War, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, M.B. will join other panelists to discuss the growing field of Art Therapy on September 22nd at Daytona's Museum of Arts & Sciences.

Jul 2018 - M.B. has been honored as a 2018 Artist in Residence at the Writer's Room at the Betsy in South Beach, Miami. At 7 PM on Wed, 9/12, join M.B. and local Miami poet Denise Duhamel for an evening of poetry generously sponsored by SWWIM. Details here. And then on Thursday, 9/13, at 5 PM, come meet M. B. and Stacey Lynn Browne at a wine & cheese Meet the Artist reception hosted by Betsy hotel owner, Jonathan Plutzik.

Jul 2018 - Upcoming Summer Workshops in August! M.B. will host two poetry workshops on Aug 22 and 29 (7 - 9pm) that explore the link between faith and poetry. Our values and our beliefs define us, but, how willing are we to embrace these in our writing? Participants will explore this while trying their hands at various forms of poetry. Open to the public. All levels of poets are welcome, from non-writers to advanced. To register, contact: Jeannie Hansen at (386) 253-4201, Unity of Daytona, 908 Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32117.

Jul 2018 - Upcoming Workshops this September, hosted by ACA. Every Wednesday 4-6 PM throughout September, 2018. Topic: BEGINNER’S MIND - Chasing the Censors Away When We Write Poems.  M.B. will host this 4-part series sponsored by the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Admission is free. Come try your hand at methods for writing poems that take risks and tell truths. All levels of poets are welcome, from new to advanced. Limited to 15. Reserve your spot now! Location: ACA Harris House, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Register at 386-402-1753 or email community@atlanticcenterforthearts.org. Note: no class on 9/12.

Jul 2018 - Upcoming Poetry conference in Daytona Beach on Saturday, October 13 at 1:30 PM. M.B. will moderate the Florida State Poets Association panel: CAN POETRY MATTER?  Location: Plaza Resort & Spa. Join M.B. and a distinguished panel of poets, critics, translators, and teachers to discus how poetry sigs and why that singing serves us in today's cultural climate. For information: email Florida State Poets Assn. President, Mary-Ann Westbrook at 1poetry.3@gmail.com.

Jun 2018 Harpur Palate of Binghamton University will feature three of M.B.'s poems in their upcoming Fall 2018 issue. The poems include “Trigger Warning,” “On Folding a Fitted Sheet,” and “Anthem”.

Jun 2018MOAS Poetry Workshops announced - WRITING TO CONNECT at Daytona's Museum of Arts & Sciences. In partnering with the MOAS exhibit, “100 Faces of War,” M.B. will lead a workshop series on October 10 (Wed) and October 17 (Wed) from 4-6 PM. Open to the public, all ages & all levels of writers – with a special invitation to veterans and family & friends of veterans. Participants will explore how written expression can generate positive and creative directions in our lives. Limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot now! To register, call Ruth Grim, museum curator, at 386-256-3546 or email: ruth@moas.org

Jun 2018 -  M.B.'s poem “Learning the Scriptures” has been accepted for publication in the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Naugatuck River Review.

May 2018 - In her newly appointed role as ACA Arts & Wellness ambassador for the renowned Atlantic Center for the Arts, M.B. led a poetry workshop for an enthusiastic audience of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs members and regional directors from counties throughout the state.  

Apr 2018 - As National Poetry Month comes to a close, so do M.B.'s weekly poetry workshops at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Turnout and participation each week was more than wonderful, and the quality of work was outstanding.

Apr 2018 - The 2018 New Orleans Poetry Fesitval and Small Press Fair was a wonderful       success, with incredible performances and readings all weekend as well as moving tributes to Marthe Reed. M.B. and panel spoke to a packed house about how poetry can give witness to the coastal changes that confront us. We still have time. Hope to see you there next year.

Apr 2018 - The Daytona State Writer's Festival, hosted at Daytona's Museum of Arts & Sciences on April 7th was a huge success.  Over 80 participants were in attendance for an afternoon of writing sessions led by local faculty and authors.

Mar 2018 - Join M.B. and several other faculty and writers on April 7 at the Daytona State Writers' Festival. M.B. will moderate a panel discussion titled, "What is Poetry Anyway?" and will also lead a workshop on Ekphrasis poetry. Come join the fun and express yourself.

Mar 2018 - M.B. joined over 12,000 attendees at the AWP Conference & Bookfair in Tampa this month and read from her recent works at off-site events hosted by Naugatuck River Review and by SWWIM. Lots of incredible work presented; lots of wonderful new friends.

Feb. 2018 - M.B. has been invited to read from her recent works at an event hosted by SWWIM Come check out  The Attic Cafe!  More details here.

Jan 2018 - The 10th Anniversary Poetry Reading of Naugatuck River Review at AWP this year will feature Destiny Birdsong, M.B. McLatchey, Robbie Gamble, Terry Blackhawk and NRR editors Lori Desrosiers and Michael Mercurio on Thursday, March 8 at 3pm. Details here.

Jan. 2018 - M.B. will be joining other writers, poets and publishers this coming April at the 2018 New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair. She will co-
present a panel entitled Coastal Poetics: Crafting Erosion and Absence.

Dec. 2017 - M.B..’s poem, “Bad Apology," is featured in one of the newest and coolest online journals in the South -- SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami).

Nov. 2017 - Upcoming Poetry Workshop series. Discover how to craft poems that listen and respond to the world around us during National Poetry Month next April. M.B. will be conducting poetry workshops each Wednesday at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Sign up now for Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: Poetry Workshop for National Poetry Month. Admission is Free! Veterans and families welcome.

Oct, 2017 - M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, came in as semi-finalist in the 2017  Creative Nonfiction Book Award contest by Zone 3 Press.

Oct. 2017 - M.B. joined other poets, writers, editors, agents, publishers and book sellers at the annual Other Words literary conference held this year at the University of Tampa in Florida.  Jen Karetnick, Catherine Esposito Prescott, Neil H. Spirtas and M.B. led a panel titled “Writing What We Eat: Crafting the Culinary in Our Writing".

Aug. 2017 - Florida writer Malcolm R. Campbell comments on M.B.'s recent reflections on how to teach writing that were captured in AWP's In the Spotlight article last month. You can read his blog article here.

Jul. 2017 -  M.B. is featured in the July issue of AWP's  In the Spotlight  in the article
"Can Writing Be Taught? Read an Interview with M.B. McLatchey".

Here's a clip from AWP Monthly Member Updates:

  • Our July #AWPSPOTLIGHT member M.B. McLatchey on whether writing can be taught: "I have no doubt that writing can be taught—but here the burden of responsibility falls mostly on the teacher, not the writer. By this I mean that writing must be taught in a way that emphasizes discovery and growth of the student-writer’s voice, rather than emphasizing adaptation of a writer’s voice to a history of literature or to current trends in literature.” Learn more about poet and Classics professor M.B. McLatchey at In the Spotlight today!


Jun. 2017 - M.B. will join other poets and writers this fall to lead a literary panel at the Other Words literary conference in Tampa. Stay tuned for details.

Apr. 2017 - Thanks to a Luso-American FLAD Scholarship, M.B. will be attending the 2017 Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal this summer. M.B. will be joining poets Erica Dawson and Denise Duhamel at this premier event that brings together writers and poets from all over the world to work with Portuguese writers in the heart of Lisbon.

Mar. 2017 - M.B., along with Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and poet Dr. David Axelrod, participated in a panel discussion at the 2017 First Amendment Seminar "Speak Freely, Write Boldly" in Daytona Beach, Florida. The event was a huge success for local artists, poets and writers. About 75 people as well as local media were in attendance.

Feb. 2017 -   Much gratitude to Rosalie Gartner, Archivist and Records Coordinator at Emerson College, for tracking down a long lost high school friend, "On Rewinding",  which appeared in the 1975 edition of The Emerson Review.  And a belated thank you to contest judge Charles Simic for his memorable affirmation... "Good job kid."

Jan. 2017 - The Huffington Post features M.B. in the article "To Be Published Or Not To Be Published? Today’s Climate for Poet’s Works".

Dec. 2016 - Lori Desrosiers, editor of Naugatuck River Review, has asked M.B. to read her poetry at the 2017 AWP Bookfair on Feb. 9.

Nov. 2016 - M.B. attended the 2016 Other Words Literary Conference in St. Augustine, Florida, and, along with Neil Spirtas, co-presented the session: Crying So Hard We're Laughing: When Humor Works in Our Writing.  Hosted by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition.

Oct. 2016 - "Fallen Angels", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, has been published in the Summer 2016 issue of Apeiron Review.

Sep. 2016 - "Cultures Crossing", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, will be featured in an upcoming issue of Broad Street.

Aug 2016 - M.B. will join others at the 2016 Other Words Literary Conference in St. Augustine, Florida this November 4th to focus on humor in writing.  Hosted by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition.

July 2016 - "The Good Thief", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, was published in the Summer 2016 issue of Carolina Quarterly (page 110).

July 2016 - M.B. attended the 2016 DISQUIET International literary conference in Lisbon, Portugal. M.B. also spent several weeks in Greece and Italy.

June 2016 - "Ex-Patriots", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming book, Beginner's Mind, was published in the June, 2016 issue of Chautauqua.

May 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Urban Helicon" will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cold Mountain Review.

May 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Ocracoke" was published in the Spring 2016 issue of The Briar Cliff Review.

Apr 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Parousia" was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Tar River Poetry.

Mar 2016 - M.B.'s poem "Sugaring", a semi-finalist in the 7th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest, was published in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of Naugatuck
River Review.

Feb 2016 - M.B. will be reading at an AWP event hosted by Naugatuck River Review on April 1st,  2:30pm at the Triple 8 Chinese restaurant near the Los Angeles Convention Center.  More details to follow.

Jan 2016 - "A Purple Heart", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming memoir was published in the online issue of Slippery Elm.

Jan 2016 - M.B. will serve as the 2016 Grand Prize judge of the 90th Poets' Dinner Contest  for the Ina Coolbrith Circle (ICC). The ICC is the oldest continuously running poetry circle in the nation, founded by California's first poet laureate. Submission details can be found here.

Dec 2015 - "A Purple Heart", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming memoir, Beginner's Mind, will be featured in a 2016 online issue of Slippery Elm.

Dec 2015 - M.B.'s poem "Sugaring" will be featured in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of Naugatuck River Review.

Dec 2015 – M.B. and Bob Calabrese read from their writings at the Dan Pels Poetry Show at Wine-Me in Daytona Beach.

Dec 2015 - M.B.'s poem "Ocracoke" will be featured in the Spring 2016 issue of The Briar Cliff Review.

Dec 2015 - "The Good Thief", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming memoir, Beginner's Mind, will be featured in a 2016 issue of Carolina Quarterly.

Nov 2015 -  "Ex-patriots", a chapter from M.B.'s upcoming memoir, Beginner's Mind, will be featured in the June, 2016 issue of Chautauqua.

Nov 2015 – 2015 Ina Coolbrith Poetry Contest Grand Prize awarded by M.B for Joyce Odam's poem "White Elephant".

Nov 2015 – . M.B. presented the session Training Our Ears: Poetic Devices That Render Free Verse Not So Free After All at the 2015 Other Words Conference, St. Augustine, FL, hosted by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition

Oct 2015  - M.B. and David Axelrod  sat down with Rick de Yampert of the Daytona Beach News Journal to discuss their new roles as Volusia County's first  poets laureate. The article and video can be found here.

Sept 2015 -  See Kickstand Poetry's interview of M.B. on the writing process behind The Lame God.

Sept 2015 - M.B.'s poem "Parousia" will be featured in a 2016 issue of Tar River Poetry

Aug 2015 - M.B. selected as the 2015 Volusia County Poet Laureate, sharing the position with David Axelrod of Daytona Beach.

Aug 2015 - M.B.'s chapbook Advantages of Believing was published by Finishing Line Press.

Aug 2015 - M.B. will serve this Fall as Grand Prize judge in the 96th annual poetry competition for the Ina Coolbrith Circle (ICC). The ICC is the oldest continuously running poetry circle in the nation, founded by California's first poet laureate.

July 2015 - M.B.'s poem "Empirical God" will be featured in the December 2015 issue of Ruminate Magazine.

June 2015 – M.B.'s poem "The Breakfast Piece" will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Drunken Boat.

May 2015 - M.B. is announced as a 2015 Volusia County Poet Laureate nominee.

Apr 2015 – Find M.B.’s recently published review of Rebecca Foust’s award-winning poetry collection, Paradise Drive, in The Collagist.

Apr 2015 – As featured Poet, M.B. conducted a poetry workshop and poetry reading at Mt. Dora’s Annual Poetry Under the Oaks celebration in Central Florida.

Apr 2015 -  M.B. and several Corvid Writers attended the 2015 AWP Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota this Spring.  M.B. read her poetry at an off-site event hosted by Naugatuck River Review on Friday, April 10, at the Rare Steak and Sushi restaurant.  And, it was standing room only at the GAMUT GALLERY in Minneapolis for the Wine and Words poetry reading by Utah State Press.  May Swenson Award  winners M.B. McLatchey, Luisa Igloria, Travis Mossotti, and  Dan Rzicznek were featured.

Mar 2015 -  M.B. is thrilled to announce that she has joined hands with agent Christopher Rhodes for her recently-completed manuscript, Beginner's Mind, an educational memoir about a revolutionary teacher in the 1960's.

Feb 2015 - M.B. is announced as a 2015 Florida Poet Laureate nominee.

Jan 2015 - M.B. was awarded the 2014 FLP Chapbook Prize by Finishing Line Press  for  her poetry collection Advantages of Believing.  Publication forthcoming in 2015.

Nov 2014 - M. B., Catherine Prescott and M.L Williams, presented the panel session Is This Poem About You? The Counterfeit Voice in Poetry at the 2014 Other Words Conference, sponsored by The Florida Literary Arts Coalition at Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida.

Nov 2014 - M. B.'s poem "The Bath" won Semi-Finalist in the Naugatuck River Review' 6th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest, and will be published in the forthcoming 2015 Winter issue of Naugatuck River Review.

Jan 2014 - Hear M.B.'s  interview with Tom Williams on Utah Public Radio's Wednesday's Access Utah show. UPR is a member of National Public Radio (NPR).

Oct/Nov 2013 -  M.B. read from her new book, The Lame God, at the Utah Humanities Book Festival.  Venues included Utah State University and Brigham Young University.  A video of her BYU reading can be found here.

June 2013 - M. B.'s  poem "Bingo Night" won first place in the 2012 Adirondack Review's 46er Prize for Poetry. Her poem has been published in the 2013 Summer issue of  The Adirondack Review.

May 2013 - M. B.'s  poem "Amber Alert" won first place in the 2013 New South Writing Contest. Her poem is forthcoming in the 2013 Summer issue of  new south: Georgia State University's Journal of Art & Literature.

Apr 2013 - M. B.'s  debut poetry collection The Lame God was awarded the 16th Annual May Swenson Poetry Award by Utah State University Press. Judge for the annual award was Edward Field.

Jan 2012 - M. B. McLatchey was awarded the 2011 American Poet Prize by The American Poetry Journal for her poem "1-800-THE-LOST".  Her poem will be featured in the 2012 Spring issue of The American Poetry Journal.

Dec 2011 - M. B.'s poem "Catharsis" won Finalist in the Erskine J. Poetry Prize contest and will be published in the forthcoming 2012 Spring issue of Smartish Pace.

Spring 2011 - M.B.'s article "Spiritual Redemption in a World of Crime: Carolina Garcia-Aguilera and Barbara Parker" was published in The Majorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature.

Feb 2008 - M. B. McLatchey's poems “The Lame God” and “Melville’s Reader” will be featured in the Summer 2008 issue of The Spoon River Poetry Review.

Jan 2008 - M. B. McLatchey's poem "Oaths, Curses, Blessings" will be featured in the Spring 2008 edition of the Georgetown Review.

Nov 2007 - Two poems by M.B. McLatchey, "Arcadia" and "Snow Globe", will be featured in the next issue of Cider Press Review, Volume 9, Spring 2008.

Sep 2007 - M. B. read her award-winning piece ISMS for the 2007 National Literary Awards Reading on September 24 at the Shirley Recital Hall on the campus of Salem College, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Sep 2007 - Three poems by M. B. McLatchey were recently awarded the distinction of Special Merit and will be featured in the January 2008 issue of The Comstock Review.

July 2007 - M. B. McLatchey has been awarded the 2007 Spoon River Poetry Review Editors’ Prize for her poem "The Rape of Chryssipus". Her poem will be featured in the Fall 2007 edition of The Spoon River Poetry Review.

Apr 2007 - M. B. McLatchey has been named the winner of The 2007 Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award by the Salem College Center for Women Writers.

Dec 2006 - It may have been frigid outside, but the reception and mood inside was warm.  M. B. McLatchey, Dawn Paul, and Elizabeth Rollins read selections from their new and published works at The Center for New Words in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  M. B., featured reader for the evening, read from her new poetry collection, The Immortals, and excerpts from her recently completed memoir, Fire Starter.

Sep 2006 - M. B. McLatchey's poem "Odalisque " was chosen this month as a finalist for The Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award 2006. Her poem will appear in an upcoming issue of The Comstock Review.

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Oxford, England 2001
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Mt. Dora Poetry Workshop 2015

The Corvid Writers grew out of an MFA program in 2002 at Goddard College, where its eight founding members met as graduate students. The desire to write and to nurture the art of others brought them together in the mountains of Vermont and has kept them together ever since. Like the Corvids they use as their symbol, they strive to be fierce, intelligent and bold!  

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Canaveral National  Seashore 2003
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Hershey, PA
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ACA Harris House 2006
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New Smyrna Beach, FL 2008
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Atlantic Center for the Arts