Xian Horn is a joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy serving as writer, mentor, and positivity activist. A member of an international network of extraordinary women, 85 Broads, she was heralded by founder Janet Hanson as an “amazing role model for all women.”
With her personal stories and ongoing mentoring work, Xian Horn is invested in contributing positively to self-esteem and the collective self-image, especially for women. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Xian Horn’s non-fiction work “Cinderella and the Craters of the Moon” was published in the Red Silk: A Red Tent (Women’s) Anthology. In August of 2010, Xian Horn was named a finalist in the first ever SheWrites.com Passion Project competition.
In 2009, Xian was named semi-finalist of the international Wildsounds’ Screenplay Competition. Also in 2009, Xian performed a personal monologue in Visible Theatre's True Story Project: Faith. Thanks to the phenomenal response of audiences to her story, she saw the pervasive need for positive role models and the positive effect she could have on girls with and without disabilities.
In 2010 with a popular YouTube video, Xian called for the inclusion of people with disabilities in beauty campaigns.
Xian Horn is currently working with NYU’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities' leading a workshop she created, called “Cultivating Beauty and Self-Esteem,” with girls and women 14-32.
Xian's classes have expanded to M.S. 131 in Chinatown, the JCC in Manhattan, United Cerebral Palsy, the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, NY, a school for non-verbal children called Standing Tall and continues at the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities among others.
Xian Horn serves as mentor with IMentor in NYC and The Future Project, and is a member of New York Women's Foundation on the Committee for the Future and UCP's Young Professionals Committee. Xian's monologue "Late Bloomer" was commissioned for performance by New York Life's Enable program. Xian was also asked to speak at a local Dove Self-Esteem event in NYC, ReelAbilities Film Festival, NYU, BMCC's Beyond the Limits, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and United Spinal Association's upcoming "From Within" Conference. In her spare time, she runs with Achilles’ International, a non-profit group which trains people with disabilities to participate in mainstream athletic events.
Xian spent a life-changing week in China working with Bring Me Hope and orphans with disabilities.