Ariel Henley

Ariel Henley is a 25-year-old writer from Northern California. She has a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont and will begin her journey as an M.F.A. candidate in Creative Writing in Fall 2016. She enjoys writing about her experience growing up with a facial disfigurement as a result of Crouzon Syndrome, as well as issues related to equality, human connection, and understanding trauma through the lens of her own experiences.

Stories By Ariel Henley

My Family’s House Burned Down…Twice. Then the Bank Took It Away.

After years of rebuilding our beloved house (then doing it all over again), my parents had nothing left. But by that time I’d realized home is more than four walls.

There’s a Mathematical Equation That Proves I’m Ugly — Or So I Learned in My Seventh Grade Art Class

It took me years to realize that despite being born with a rare facial disfigurement, beauty is more than a cold calculation.