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 is currently doing her MFA in Memoir at Hunter College.