Dalton’s poetry has won various awards, including several Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters awards and the inaugural TickleAce/Cabot Award for Poetry. Her collection Merrybegot (Véhicule Press, 2003) received the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award and the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Poetry, and was short-listed for the Winterset Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the 2005 Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage and History Award. Red Ledger (Véhicule Press, 2006) was short-listed for the Atlantic Book Award for Poetry and the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award.
Dalton resides in St. John’s, where she teaches English at Memorial University.