David Trinidad is a member of the Core Poetry Faculty at Columbia College, Chicago. His most recent book of poems is The Late Show, published by Turtle Point Press in 2007. His other books include Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (Turtle Point, 2003), Plasticville (Turtle Point, 2000, finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets), Answer Song (High Risk/Serpent’s Tail, 1994), Hand Over Heart: Poems 1981-1988 (Amethyst Press, 1991), and Pavane (Sherwood Press, 1981). Prior to coming to Columbia in 2002, Trinidad was a member of the Core Poetry Faculty of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at The New School. He has also taught at Rutgers, Princeton, and Antioch (Los Angeles) universities.
In addition to his own books of poetry, he has edited Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (with Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton), Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford (with Maxine Scates), and Powerless, the selected poems of Tim Dlugos. His poems have appeared in such periodicals as The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harper's and The Paris Review, and have been included in numerous anthologies, including Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, High Risk: An Anthology of Forbidden Writings, The Best American Poetry, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry.
Originally from Los Angeles, Trinidad has been called "a master of the postmodern pop-culture sublime." His work is also associated with the innovative formalism of the New York School. Alice Notley has written, "There is an unwavering light in all of Trinidad's work that turns individual words into objects, new facts."