About Mattie

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by admin No Comments

Mattie J.T. Stepanek



Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a well-respected poet and peace activist, lived a life that was brief in length but powerfully blessed with depth. Born on July 17, 1990, Mattie began creating and sharing Heartsongs at the young age of 3. He explained that Heartsongs are “gifts that reflect each person’s unique reason for being.”


Mattie ultimately published six collections of his Heartsongs poetry books and one collection of Just Peace essays and e-mail correspondence between Mattie and Former President Jimmy Carter. All seven of Mattie’s books became New York Times Bestsellers and touched millions of lives around the world.


He died on June 22, 2004 due to complications of Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy.



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more about Mattie’s life, books, and legacy


Mattie’s Life

Mattie’s Disability & Childhood


Mattie’s Spirituality & Message


Mattie’s Writing, Advocacy, & Honors


Mattie’s Death & Legacy


Mattie’s Original Website

Mattie’s Facts


Mattie FAQs


Mattie’s Favorites


Mattie’s Books

 Books by Mattie


Books about Mattie


Mattie’s Legacy

Mattie’s Foundation 


Mattie’s Park & Peace Garden


Mattie’s Message Today


Mattie’s Cause for Canonization


Mattie Videos

Mattie’s Heartsongs

Video Gallery Links





Read more in the NY Times Bestseller

“Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek & Heartsongs”

by Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. 


“La paz crece cuando ya no estamos asustados,

ni furiosos, ni odiando, ni por culpa de un sufrimiento.

La paz crece cuando estamos unidos en esperanza.”

Mattie J.T. Stepanek


“Peace grows when we are no longer afraid,

nor angry, nor hating, nor the cause of any suffering.

Peace grows when we are united in hope.

Mattie J.T. Stepanek






December Spotlight

Peace Seeker

Our Peace Seeker Spotlight honors Kelsey VanNostrand – a graduate student in healthcare who chose to learn more about Mattie’s message of peace after receiving a scholarship in Mattie’s name from the Rosalynn Carter Institute and Johnson & Johnson. Read more...

Peace Maker

Our Peace Maker Spotlight honors Shelly Gross – a videographer who shared her talents with Mattie’s Foundation to produce the 2013 “December Prayer” poetry video, a peace outreach project that represented global neighbors in 32+ countries. Read more...

Peace Bringer

Our Peace Bringer Spotlight honors Yuka Saionji Matsuura of Japan – the Deputy Chair of Byakko Shinko Kai and Goi Peace Foundation, whose grandfather launched a simple, global prayer after WWII that is now on peace poles around the world. Read more...

Peace Sponsor

Our Peace Sponsor Spotlight honors Sister Pauline Petruzzella, R.S.M. – who has been an advocate for Mattie’s Foundation for many, many years, and who shares Mattie’s message of peace with people of all ages and in many diverse places. Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek