Stacy Mattingly is coauthor with Ashley Smith of the New York Times bestseller UNLIKELY ANGEL, an Atlanta hostage story adapted and released last fall by Paramount Pictures as a feature film, CAPTIVE, starring David Oyelowo (SELMA) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”). Smith was held hostage in her apartment in 2005 by Atlanta courthouse shooter Brian Nichols. She persuaded him to surrender to authorities.
Stacy has just finished a first novel, set in the Balkans. She received a 2011 Boston University fellowship to travel to the region and research the book, which tracks with a group of characters in current-day Sarajevo. The story is narrated by an American woman, Yancey, and centers on her long-lived friendship with a woman from Croatia. The novel is Yancey's account of what happens to them.
In 2012, Stacy founded the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, a bilingual group of poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has been leading the workshop since that time. She holds an MFA in fiction from Boston University, where she was a Marcia Trimble Fellow, a Leslie Epstein Global Fellow, and recipient of the Florence Engel Randall Graduate Fiction Award. Stacy has taught creative writing for Boston University and Boston’s Grub Street. She helped lead the first Narrative Witness exchange for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, pairing writers and photographers in Sarajevo and Caracas, Venezuela. The exchange's multilingual collection of work, which Stacy edited, is on view here.
Currently, Stacy is writer-in-residence and co-founder of Narrative Collective at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of Back Porch Collective, a group of international writers in Boston.
Photo by Aubrey Mattingly