Though originally from Los Angeles, David Trinidad has spent most of his adult life in New York City. Currently, he is an instructor at Rutgers University and a professor in the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He was born on July 20, 1953, in Los Angeles, California. In 1979 he received his Bachelor of Arts from California State University at Northridge. He also holds an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where he received his degree in 1990. He has taught since 1996.
Trinidad’s life reflects the first generation of children brought up after the invention and widespread influence of television. His works often center on popular culture of the 1950s and 1960s—an age of innocence about to be challenged by the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. He currently lives with his partner, Ira Silverberg, in New York City. Their relationship began in 1989.
Trinidad is noted for his preoccupation with popular culture—with crossing the boundaries between high and popular art. His poetry concentrates on the influence of contemporary pop culture on American ideology and the American Dream. His poems often read like prose and deal with television, music, toys, and movies of the 1950s and 1960s—the period when he was growing up. He also writes about former lovers, AIDS, and gay life in the city. In an interview with Richard Marranca and Vasiliki Koros, Trinidad discusses varying influences on his poetic vision from the tradition of American poetry past and present: Allen