MFA in Writing & Publishing (Residential)

Trinie Dalton / Faculty / Fiction, Nonfiction (Criticism), Artists’ Books

Trinie Dalton

Trinie Dalton has authored, edited, and/or curated six books and is at work on an illustrated poetry manuscript and a volume of selected essays and lectures. She has Creative Writing degrees in Poetry (BA) and in Fiction (MFA). 

Wide Eyed (Akashic) and Baby Geisha (Two Dollar Radio) are story collections. 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 films. A Unicorn Is Born (Abrams) is a children’s fairytale, and Sweet Tomb (Madras Press) is an adult fairy tale novella.

Dalton's interest in cross-genre and cross-disciplinary thinking deeply influences her teaching. She writes about literature, art, books, music, film, and frequently contributes to gallery and 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, anthologies, and exhibition catalogues, most recently about Dorothy Iannone, David Altmejd, Laura Owens, Anna Sew Hoy, and Stanya Kahn. Her journalism is sampled on

She has teaching experience in fiction, creative nonfiction, critical writing, art criticism, and artists' book courses, always with an eye on independent publishing and contemporary printed matter across artistic fields. Dalton is also Faculty in VCFA's Low-Residency program, and has taught at School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Bard College, University of Southern California, Art Center College of Design, NYU, and Pratt Institute. Here are some links to texts, publications, and visual projects her former students have made to showcase their amazing, wide range in the arts: