Stacey Engels was born and raised in Montreal, and moved to New York City in 1995. For the next twelve years, she worked as a playwright; her plays were produced and presented as staged readings in Canada, the U.S. and Italy. An avid traveler and nature lover, she first walked the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route in northern Spain, in 2001, with the intention of writing a book about her 5-week, 800-kilometer walk. Instead, the experience marked the beginning of a long, slow process that precipitated profound personal changes, reevaluation of her priorities as a writer, and the deepening of her love for New York City and its people. Since 2009, when she earned a certificate from the Center for Arts in Healthcare Research and Education at the University of Florida, she has worked at the intersection of creativity, human services and education, as a consultant, workshop leader, program manager and grant writer.
She has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, NYFA, TCG-ITI and Yaddo, among others. Her creative writing includes essays, travel writing and personal narrative. She holds an MFA in Memoir from Hunter College, where she taught an undergraduate Humanities course in 2016-17. She has been an Adjunct Lecturer in English Composition at Lehman College since Fall 2016.