Trinie Dalton is an author, artist, and professor. Her multidisciplinary approach to writing and bookmaking leads her into various fields, always with an eye towards expanded narrativity and books as objects.



Trinie Dalton’s books move between print and performance. Her seven prose titles include: Destroy Bad Thoughts Not Your Own (The Pit); Baby Geisha (Two Dollar Radio); Wide Eyed (Akashic); and Sweet Tomb (Madras Press). A Unicorn Is Born (Abrams) is a children’s book. Two curated anthologies with attendant exhibitions and events include: Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is (McSweeney’s),  a 50-person transformation of her archive of confiscated high school notes; and Mythtym (Picturebox), a 50-person art/fiction anthology based on mythological monsters and horror.     Her multimedia, curatorial, and expanded publishing projects populate her DIY, quasi-design studio called Language Barrier. 

Trinie lives in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills, in an historic Gold Rush town called Grass Valley with her partner, musician & luthier Keith Wood (aka Hush Arbors), and their daughter, Juniper Lily.

Art Writing: Trinie has written about art, books, and music for many magazines, like Bookforum,, Brooklyn Rail, The Believer, Modern Painters, Paper, and LARB. Group exhibition catalogue publications include: 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York Minute (O.H.W.O.W./JRP Ringier), Vitamin 3D (Phaidon), Abstraction in Contemporary Video Art (UC Press), and Wasteland (Los Angeles Nomadic Division.) Her Art Essays page details monograph essay news.
Teaching: Trinie is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in Cal State East Bay’s English Department. For a decade prior, she served as the founding Faculty Chair of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and was Core Faculty in VCFA’s low-residency MFA in Writing program. Prior to these posts, she taught fiction, creative nonfiction, art critical writing, and printed matter courses at SVA, Columbia, Bard, USC, Art Center, NYU, Pratt, and University of Redlands.