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 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. 

As the granddaughter of sharecroppers, with roots in California, Colorado and Oklahoma, she grew up in a banjo and mixedblood fiddle tradition, rich with storytelling and music. 

 She is the author of two memoirs, more than 1000 articles and a contributor to 15 books. Her work and portrait is 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), and in numerous other books, anthologies and literary journals. She lives with her family on the California Central Coast. 

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The Writer on Her Work



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. 

Nearly four decades ago I began writing and publishing and made the decision to call myself a writer. I spent the first twenty years freelance writing feature articles and penning monthly columns. My readership grew and I published my first book, a memoir. A wonderful result was that I began receiving invitations from editors to have excerpts from my memoir reprinted in a number of anthologies. And then a new path opened when I began receiving invitations from other authors to write new material, to write across genres and contribute chapters to books and anthologies offering a collective of writers. 

Searching for a place to stand in the literary world I discovered what I enjoy most about being a writer, is being part of a collective of voices. Collaborating with other writers, with each of us telling our single story, working together to bring forth a whole. Today, in addition to my solo work, I'm the founding editor of a literary journal and a contributing author of 15 books.

In my life a host of good writers, teachers, editors and publishers have crossed my path, always showing up at the right time. For every success we have I believe it is important to remember how we got there. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that I have without the steadfast guidance from teams of good people who gave their time to me, mentoring, shepherding and guiding me along. I owe an extraordinary debt to all of my teachers, editors and readers who have taught me many wise things about writing, publishing and life. 

It’s a great privilege to have readers. Thank you for being one of them.

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