Terra Trevor is a writer who draws from her Native roots and the natural world. Her stories illuminate our humanity, remind us to be open, to connect, to hope, to question, or bring change. She is known for her storytelling and use of 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 two memoirs, more than 1000 essays and articles and is a contributor to 15 books. Her memoir, Pushing up the Sky, is widely anthologized and We Who Walk The Seven Ways, is forthcoming. 

Her work and portrait are featured in Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits (University of New Mexico Press). Her work is also included in 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), Take A Stand: Art Against Hate, A Raven Chronicles Anthology, and in numerous other books, anthologies and literary journals. 


Photo by Chris Felver

In addition to writing Terra has worked with American Indian Health, within a program offering spiritual connection and Indian doctoring for Native Americans living with AIDS. As a director with Hospice and a Pediatric Brain Tumor organization. As a coordinator in South Korea with a family exchange program. At a Youth Crisis Shelter for homeless teens. As a volunteer with CASA as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with at-risk and foster youth in transition. In schools and within Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers mentoring core.

Of mixed Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca, German heritage, Terra is the granddaughter of sharecroppers, with roots in California, Colorado and Oklahoma. She grew up in the 1950s in a large extended family in a banjo and mixedblood fiddle tradition, rich with storytelling and music. 

Now she is a grandmother. When she is not writing, she is wandering hills and valleys with grandkids and dogs. A devotee of soup making, long walks, sunrise, sunset and moonlight, she lives with her family on the Central California Coast and the mountains in Northern California.

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