We’re excited to share this piece in Asymptote by Stacy Mattingly (Fiction 2011)! The Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop and Atlanta’s Narrative Collective (which Stacy founded and co-founded, respectively) came together last fall to form The Borders Project. In this essay, Stacy follows the Project to their first-ever reading, which took place in Atlanta last May. A multi-genre literary collaboration, The Borders Project aims to examine all sorts of boundary lines—physical, temporal, emotional, relational, among others—and their implications. Eighteen writers and one translator came together to create work in two languages.
Stacy Mattingly is a U.S. writer and the founder of the Sarajevo Writers’ Workshop, a bilingual group of poets and prose writers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also co-founded Atlanta’s Narrative Collective with poet L.S. McKee. Stacy 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. She has worked as a coauthor on books including, with Ashley Smith, the New York Times bestseller Unlikely Angel, an Atlanta hostage story released last fall as a feature film, Captive. Stacy has taught creative writing at Boston University and helped lead the first Narrative Witness exchange for the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. She has recently completed a first novel, set in the current-day Balkans.