Born in New York City, Ariel Leve grew up with her mother, a poet, in Manhattan. At the age of five, she began traveling to Southeast Asia, where she spent part of the year living in Bangkok, Thailand, with her father, a lawyer.
Leve worked as a Senior Writer on contract with The London Sunday Times Magazine from 2003-2010. She has written over a dozen cover stories, in-depth investigative features, and interviews.
She has been shortlisted for the British Press Awards three times for Interviewer of the Year (2005 and 2010) and Feature Writer of the Year (2008). She has been Highly Commended twice: Feature Writer (2008) and Interview of the year (2010).
In 2008 she won Feature Writer of the Year from the Magazine Design and Journalism Awards.
From 2005-2010, her column, "Cassandra" appeared weekly in The Sunday Times Magazine, and prior to that it ran in the Guardian under the title "Half Empty"
From 2010-2012, her column, "The Fussy Eater" appeared monthly in The Observer Food Monthly Magazine.
Leve has written for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Esquire, The FT Magazine, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Granta,com, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Psychologies, and others.
She has given a TED talk on gaslighting and been a guest on Marc Maron's highly rated WTF podcast.
In 2009, "The Cassandra Chronicles" was published in the UK (Portobello Books) and in the US under the title, "It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me" (HarperCollins)
Leve is the co-author with Robin Morgan (former editor of The Sunday Times Magazine) of an oral biography of the year 1963 -- It Books (HarperCollins) 2013.
Her memoir "An Abbreviated Life" was published in June 2016 (HarperCollins) to critcal acclaim. The paperback is out now.