Mattie’s Life

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 by jeni No Comments

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

Click on the links below to learn more about Mattie

 

Mattie’s Disability & Childhood

Mattie’s Spirituality & Message

Mattie’s Writing & Advocacy Work

Mattie’s Death & Legacy

 

 

 

 

Read more in the NY Times Bestseller
“Messenger: The Legacy of
Mattie J.T. Stepanek & Heartsongs”
by Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. 


 

 

 

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September 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