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). 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

David Jauss

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Bret Lott

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

Terese Marie Mailhot

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Mark Cox

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Leslie Ullman

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]