About Mattie

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

Mattie J.T. Stepanek



Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a well-respected poet and award-winning 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 with 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



Celebrating Mattie’s life & legacy…
Please support the annual “Birthday Campaign”
with a tax deductible gift that supports his mission. 









January Spotlight

May 5 at Botanero

Cinco de Mayo Partnership Fiesta - FREE ENTRY - All Day Happy Hour & food specials, Music by DJ Genius, ZamDance performances -- join us for a fundraising party that celebrates peace and acceptance! Read more...

June 2 at Dawson's

Mosaics & Music: Make Peace the News -- join us for wine & apps, music & mosaic unveiling, conversation & celebration at a fundraising gathering to promote peace! Early Bird Tickets $25 ($30 at the door). Read more...

June 21 and 22

Celebrating Mattie’s life & legacy – 15-year anniversary Mass on June 22 (11 am) at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood, MD, followed by a reception hosted by Mattie's Guild - ALL ARE WELCOME. Read more...

July 13 in King Farm

2019 Peace Day Celebration – join us for a FREE street fair (1-5 pm), all day food & drink specials (1-8 pm), and a Happy Hour Dance Party (5-8 pm) – arts, crafts, music, performers, cake, moon bounce… Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek