Terra Trevor is the author of a diverse body of work. Her stories illuminate our humanity, remind us to be open, to connect, to hope, to question, or bring change. She is known for works in which she uses imagery and lyric prose to address spirituality, family ties, her identity as a mixedblood and her connection to the landscape. 

She is the author of Pushing up the Sky, a memoir widely anthologized and a contributor to fifteen books, including Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices On Child Custody and Education (The University of Arizona Press), and The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal (University of Oklahoma Press). Her work and portrait is featured in Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits (University of New Mexico Press), Voices Confronting Pediatric Brain Tumors (Johns Hopkins University Press), and in numerous other books, anthologies and literary journals. She lives with her husband and their dog and family on the Central Coast of California and Santa Cruz Mountains. 
Author photo by Chris Felver. Landscape photo by John Simpkins.

Writing, Reading and Living

Outside my open window a light breeze is blowing and an occasional red tail hawk sweeps over with light shining through her rust red tail. 

For me, writing is a way of reaching out to others, to people I don't know. I sit alone, in silence, but all that time I’m out there, connecting with whoever reads my words. 

Indigo hours of early morning rewriting and revising, while my three sweet teenagers slept and the cat walked across my keyboard. All those wonderful writing years, with my dogs sleeping at my feet, while a pot of pinto beans simmered on the back of the stove, and afternoon sun poured through the window, with tiny dust particles floating in the sunlight. 

Age is a wise teacher. I'm more focused. More aware that my reserves are no longer limitless and where I put my time matters. How do I want to spend my afternoons when I'm not writing? What books and writing projects do I want to put forth? And to be living after I am not living? 

I value the collective experience collaborating with writers. In addition to my solo work I'm a contributing author of fifteen books. 

Within my collection of writings available online many are serious/substantial, balanced with lighter topics. Most of all, my writing is timeless (vs timely).


Books by Terra Trevor, and containing her work

Pushing up the Sky
“Terra Trevor’s ‘Pushing up the Sky’ is a revelation of the struggles and triumphs packed into the hyphens between Korean and Native American and American. From her, we learn that adoption can best be mutual, that the adoptive parent needs acculturation in the child’s ways. With unflinching honesty and unfailing love, Trevor details the risks and heartaches of taking in, the bittersweetness of letting go, and the everlasting bonds that grow between them all. With ‘Pushing up the Sky’ the ‘literature of adoption’ comes of age as literature, worthy of an honored place in the human story.” 
—Robert Bensen  
editor of Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education, The University of Arizona Press

Tending The Fire: Native Voices and Portraits 
University of New Mexico Press

Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education 
The University of Arizona Press 

The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal 
University of Oklahoma Press

Voices Confronting Pediatric Brain Tumors 
Johns Hopkins University Press

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