The Parable: Arts & Literary Experience
The Parable” is a gathering of writers, poets, musicians and artists who through their medium will share their stories to illustrate the complexities of the human condition.
Darlene Kriesel is a Southern California based writer and educator. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California at Riverside/Palm Desert. She writes on education, social justice, and the family dynamic. She is the curator of the 2018 "Breaking Tables" literary arts experience at Boca de Oro and organizes, along with her husband, other literary arts events in Orange and Riverside Counties.
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the collection Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, and featured as a best-of book at The Los Angeles Times, NBC News, BOMB, Literary Hub, Bustle, and Entropy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Boston Review, The Academy of American Poets, BuzzFeed, Epiphany, PBS Newshour and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.