Image: A photo of Ariel, a white woman in her mid-twenties with brown hair and brown eyes, wearing a grey sweater.
Contact Ariel: ariel.henley9 at gmail.com
I’m a writer from Northern California with a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont.
I'm passionate about writing as a form of activism. Much of my work explores my experiences growing up with a facial disfigurement, as a result of Crouzon syndrome — a rare craniofacial disorder where the bones in the head fuse prematurely. I write to explore issues related to beauty, equality, human connection, and understanding trauma through the lens of my own experience. I share my story in an effort to help eliminate stigma, educate others about the importance of facial equality, and promote mainstream inclusion for individuals with physical differences.
Most recently, my work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice, The Rumpus, and Narratively. I'm a 2017 San Francisco Writers' Grotto Fellow, and am currently at work on a memoir.
Clips (recent clips available in Ariel's portfolio):
Tonic (Vice), March 2017: Hollywood's Approach to Disabled Characters is Still A Disaster
New York Times, November 2016: The Importance of Facial Equality
Ariel is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, and investigative journalism.
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference
Languages: English (Fluent)