Terra Trevor is a memoirist, essayist, poet and nonfiction 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 writes from a mixed-race perspective and is known for her storytelling, 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 articles and a contributor to 15 books. Trevor's two memoirs are Pushing up the Sky and We Who Walk The Seven Ways (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. 

Author photo by Chris Felver


As the granddaughter of sharecroppers, with roots in California, Colorado and Oklahoma, Terra grew up 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. 



Take A Stand: Art Against Hate 
A Raven Chronicles Anthology
“The poems and stories in this anthology offer necessary anecdotes against hate. They are inscription, instruction, witness, warning, remedy, solution, even solace. This anthology is relief.” 
—Diane Glancy  
Winner of an Amerian Book Award and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

“We can regard Take a Stand: Art Against Hate as a print-form peace march, an ongoing campaign for justice for all of the struggles embodied in these writings and depicted in the artwork included here.”  
—Carolyne Wright co-editor of 
Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace



Tending The Fire: Native Voices and Portraits 

University of New Mexico Press

Tending the Fire by photographer Christopher Felver with an introduction by Linda Hogan and a foreword by Simon J. Ortiz, celebrates the poets and writers who represent the wide range of Native American voices in literature today. In these commanding portraits, Felver’s distinctive visual signature and unobtrusive presence capture each artist’s strength, integrity, and character. Accompanying each portrait is a handwritten poem or prose piece that helps reveal the origin of the poet’s language and legends. 



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

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