Writer. Editor. Savannahian.

Ariel Felton is the managing editor of Penelope Editions, the middle grade and YA imprint of Penny Candy Books, an independent children’s book publishing company. Penelope will publish its first middle grade novel in 2020.

Ariel also works at Deep Center, a nonprofit founded to empower Savannah’s young people to thrive as learners, community leaders, and agents of change through creative writing, cultural production, and art. As a teaching artist for Deep's Block by Block program, she leads creative writing workshops with young artists ages 15-18 in an effort to discover and celebrate their communities. As Deep's publications manager, she also oversees the pub process of the organization's end-of-year anthologies.

Her work has been published in The Progressive, The Bitter Southerner, McSweeney’s, Under the Gum Tree, Atlas Obscura, Scalawag magazine, and Reductress. Her book review column “Well, Lit” is published monthly in Do Savannah, spotlighting new authors from Savannah and from the South.

Ariel holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Valdosta State University and a Master's degree in writing from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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