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Trinidad Escobar is a storyteller in Oakland, California. She is an alumna of San Francisco State's poetry program and a Fellow of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics MFA Poetry program. She is the recipient of the Olymiad of the Arts Award and the Frances Jaffer Poetry Prize given by The Poetry Center of San Francisco. Her first collection of poetry, Loved Letters, was a Finalist in the Meritage Press 2009 Tabios Manuscript Contest. Trinidad is a Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation Fellow. Additionally, she trained in the MFA in Comics graduate program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Her writing and visual art have been featured in various publications such as The Brooklyn Review, The Nib, Mythium, as well as the anthologies Drawing Power (Abrams), Walang Hiya (Carayan Press), Over the Line (Sidekick Books), Kuwento (Carayan Press), and more. Trinidad has been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, SFMoMa, LitQuake, Kearny Street Workshop, APAture, SF Zine Fest, and The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. She is represented by Alex Slater of Trident Media Group. She spends her days wandering the mountains and playing in the sea with her son and partner.

Notable Works


TRYST, Gantala Press, Philippines, 2020

Of Sea And Venom, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux/Macmillan, 2021


About her work:

Trinidad was born in the Philippines during Super Typhoon Gading in 1986. She writes about the natural violence and beauty of the Earth as well as the lonely chaos that humans create. She is interested in the worlds and characters born from the erotic, cosmic, and macabre colliding with each other. She believes in storytelling.

Community Workshop Series:

Trinidad offers community art workshops based on sliding-scale dana (a form of generous giving or donation). Trinidad combines classic and modern art training with mindfulness practices to empower the youth with the life-long tools needed to heal their mind-body-spirit connections. These community workshops are held once a month. Send her a message to learn more. 

Trinidad is currently unavailable for illustration commissions and commissioned comics projects.

Artist CV


San Jose Museum of Art | Roots in the Air, Branches Below | Multimedia collective exhibit | 2009

San Francisco WAR Magazine | San Francisco, CA | Body | Oil pastel display & publication | 2009

Bayani Art | Union City, CA | Generala | illustration & apparel company | T-shirt design| 2012

Blackball Universe Gallery | Oakland, CA | A Match Made in Oakland | collective exhibit| 2013

South Bay Womyns Conference | San Jose, CA | Weaving Our Wisdom | Multimedia collective exhibit | 2013

Milpitas Library | Filipino Memorial Project | Milpitas, CA | California Grape Strikes | collaboration mural | 2013

Author M. Evelina Galang & Coffee House Press | Miami, FL | Angel de La Luna | book cover art | 2013

TAYO Literary Magazine  | Arts & Culture, Issue #4 poetry & prose journal | cover art| 2013

California College of the Arts | Emanata: Comics Exhibit | San Francisco, CA | 2014

Bay Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, 1111 Minna | Rock The Box |  newspaper box | 2014

Story Corps & Andy Warner | Library Of Congress | Elder Comics Anthology | 2014

Carayan Press | Kuwento: Lost Things | New York | Poetry and visual art anthology | 2015

California College of the Arts | MFA Comics Anthology | 2015

Sidekick Books | Over The Line | London, UK | Poetry comics anthology | 2015

I-Hotel | Pinoy Stories In Pictures and Words | San Francisco | Solo comics exhibit | 2016

Aklasan Fest 3 | Annual Punk & Hardcore Festival | San Francisco | Promo posters | 2016

Galeria de la Raza | Womxn Are Perfect | San Francisco | Multimedia art exhibit | 2016

Oakland Peace Center | The Sweet Medicine Mural Project | Oakland, CA | 2016

APATURE | Featured artist: Comics & Illustration Festival | San Francisco, CA | 2016

University of Illinois Press | Book cover art for AsainFail by Eleanor Ty | Champaign, IL | 2016

Rachelle Cruz | Book cover art | Riverside, CA | 2016

East Bay Meditation Center | The Sweet Medicine Mural Project | Oakland, CA | coming 2017

Stacked Deck Books | Queer Heroes Coloring Book | San Francisco, CA | 2017

NYIDA | Community illustration workshops | Berkeley, CA | 2017-present

PRO ARTS | Teaching Artist | Arts Integration Program | Oakland, CA | 2017-present

San Francisco Zine Fest | Guest of Honor | San Francisco, CA | 2017

Pinxy Radical Imagination Reader | Book cover art | San Jose, CA | 2017

RADAR | Guest speaker and featured artist | San Francisco Public Library | San Francisco, CA | 2017

Kearny Street Workshop | Gods & Demons: Guest cartooning and comics instructor | San Francisco, CA | 2017

Colgate University | The Sweet Medicine Mural Project | Hamilton, NY | 2018

Intersection for the Arts | Oasis for Girls | Guest speaker | San Francisco, CA | 2018

HEPPAC/Alameda Health Services | OPEND overdose prevention comics posters | Oakland, CA | April, 2018

SFMoMA | Transcribing Herstory: Contemporary Filipinx Voices | San Francisco, CA | May, 2018

The Nib | #MeToo in the Bay Area | Comics journalism | New York, NY | August, 2018

UC Berkeley | Amplify Conference: Storytelling For People of Color | Guest lecturer | Berkeley, CA | September, 2018

Root Division | Wander Woman | San Francisco, CA | February, 2019

The Nib | The Colonial Roots of Cheese Pimiento written by Malaka Gharib | Nonfiction comic | New York, NY | March, 2019

McGill University | Pinay Power II | Featured guest and presenter | Montreal, CAN | April, 2019

DeAnza College | Queer and Now | Keynote Speaker | Cupertino, CA | May, 2019

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights | Night Out for Safety | Art poster | Oakland, CA | June, 2019

The Nib | The Origins of the Word “Bakla” | Nonfiction comic | New York, NY | June, 2019

California Humanities | Queer Cartoonists: No Straight Lines | Art exhibit | Oakland, CA | June, 2019

STRUT | Queer Continent: Asia [re]defined | Art exhibit | San Francisco, CA | May-July 2019

Northwest Press | Theater of Horror edited by Justin Hall | Horror pin-up illustration | Seattle, WA | August 2019

Abrams Books | Drawing Power | Nonfiction comic | New York, NY | forthcoming September, 2019

Rose Metal Press | Field Guide to Graphic Literature | Essay on Comics Magic | Brookline, MA | forthcoming, 2020

{for poetry and short story publication history, please inquire}

Guest Lectures and Public Speaking

Radio and Public TV

KPFA Radio

KALW Radio

KRCB Radio

Schools and Universities

San Francisco State University

Stanford University

UC Berkeley

UC Santa Cruz

UC Davis

Mills College

DeAnza Community College

University of San Francisco

Book Festivals and Comic Conventions

San Francisco Zine Fest


Bay Area Book Festival

Kearny Street Workshop



Alternative Press Expo

American Library Association Conference

Queer Magic Makers

Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Portland Zine Symposium

Long Beach Zine Festival