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Creative Writing | Academic Writing | Copywriting | Editing | Research | Sensitivity Reading | Blogging | SEO | Social Media | Web Design | WordPress | HTML & CSS | Photography | Public Speaking | Photoshop & Illustrator

Hello, my name is Ariel Henley.

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 currently at work on a memoir.

— 2017 San Francisco Writers' Grotto Fellow —