Nikki Darling is a third generation Angelino on her father’s side and Neomexicano on her mother’s. She attended two Catholic schools, Holy Family in South Pasadena and Ramona Convent, one of the oldest private schools in Los Angeles County, founded in 1889 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus. She also attended two liberal schools, The Waldorf school of Pasadena founded on the principles of philosopher and founder of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she studied theatre, including but not limited to John Dos Passos, Uta Hagen, Eugene Ionesco, Sam Sheppard and Samuel Beckett.

She spent her twenties in New York fantasizing about bougainvillea and the smell of night jasmine and contemplating the fact that Columbia University was older than the entire state of California. She is a feminist, womanist, transcendentalist, Unitarian Universalist. She believes in Henry David Thoreau, Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Anzaldua, and Joseph Campbell. She believes in people, and she believes in you.

You can listen to her pontificate about life while talking with artist Max Maslansky, on his KCHUNG radio show, Riffin', here.