Trinie Dalton has authored, edited, and/or curated six books. Wide Eyed (Akashic) was a selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery series and a finalist for The Believer book award. Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is (McSweeney’s), co-edited with Lisa Wagner and Eli Horowitz, is an art book for which she transformed her archive of confiscated high school notes into a collaboration between fifty artists. Mythtym (Picturebox) is an art/fiction anthology based on mythological monsters and horror. Sweet Tomb (Madras Press) is a fairy tale novella. Baby Geisha (Two Dollar Radio), is her most recent story collection.

Dalton also writes about art, books, music, and frequently contributes to artists’ book projects. She has written for numerous magazines such as Bookforum,, The Believer, Modern Painters, and Paper. She writes critical essays for artists’ monographs and exhibition catalogues such as the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York Minute (JRP Ringier), and Vitamin 3D (Phaidon). Her journalism is sampled on She has teaching experience in fiction, creative nonfiction, critical writing, art criticism, and artists’ book courses with an emphasis on independent publishing in schools including: School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Bard College, University of Southern California, Art Center College of Design, NYU, and Pratt Institute. Primarily an author of fiction, Dalton’s interest in cross-disciplinary thinking also influences her teaching of storytelling craft.


MFA - Creative Writing | Bennington Writing Seminars
BA - Creative Writing | USC

Selected work

Adam McOmber

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Novel Retreat

Richard McCann

Faculty, MFA in Writing; Novel Retreat

Ellen Lesser

Faculty Chair, MFA in Writing; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Richard Jackson

Faculty, MFA in Writing

Mark Cox

Faculty, MFA in Writing

T. Geronimo Johnson

Faculty, MFA in Writing