author of literary fiction


We are the stories we tell ourselves.

Ariel was raised on the campus of Choate Rosemary Hall, a preparatory school in Connecticut, which she later attended as a student. She went on to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where she earned her Masters of Arts (Honors) Degree First Class from the School of English in 2008. It was there that she met poet and novelist John Burnside, whose influence has shaped her idea of the kind of writer she hopes to become.

To date Ariel has finished three award-winning short stories: "My Cousin Nurse Mindy Who Saw the Feet of Elvis One Day" (2007), "Shutter" (2008), and "Whites-Only Grocery" (2009). Her latest piece "Thump Thump" appears in Issue 10 of Slice Magazine. Ariel currently lives in Philadelphia.

To contact Ariel, please email her at ariel@arielfaulkner.com.



short fiction



"Thump-Thump" is a unique piece of short fiction, consisting almost entirely of dialogue. In the conversation between the two unnamed characters, Ariel explores the themes of reality and truth, and the boundaries of language. The story appears in the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of SLICE Magazine.


edges of america


In 1986 Ariel’s father, John Faulkner, set out on a journey to the edge. In 35 days he flew the first recorded flight around the border of the continental United States of America, 9,363 miles, in his homebuilt airplane. He documented his experience in a photographic essay entitled Edges of America. Twenty-two years later Ariel penned a series of short stories inspired by those photographs.

Winner of the 2009 Ken Smith Meacham Fiction Award for “Whites Only Grocery”




“Shutter” is a deeply cerebral story about a troubled photographer and the three pivotal women in his life — his mother, his wife, and a blind woman he encounters one autumn afternoon.

Winner of the 2008 Catherine Wyatt-Fenty Memorial Prize


my cousin nurse mindy who saw the feet of elvis one day

“Nurse Mindy,” is set in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1970s. Oscillating between the narrator’s snapshots of childhood life on the Mississippi River and her story of the day her cousin saw the feet of Elvis, this piece of short fiction exemplifies Ariel’s ability as a teller of tales.

Winner of the 2007 Dan Hemingway Memorial Prize