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 works in which she uses imagery and lyric prose to address spirituality, family ties, her identity as a mixed-blood and her connection to the landscape. 

She is the author of a diverse body of work and a contributor to 10 books, including The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal (University of Oklahoma Press), and Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices On Child Custody and Education (The University of Arizona Press). Her memoir, Pushing up the Sky, a mother's story, is widely anthologized and she is at work on a collection of stories tracing her journey as a young woman into elder hood. 

Her work and portrait is featured in Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits (University of New Mexico Press). Her work also has appeared in News From Native California (Heyday Books), Voices Confronting Pediatric Brain Tumors (Johns Hopkins University Press), and in numerous other books, anthologies and literary journals online. 

Author photo by Chris Felver. Landscape photo by John Simpkins. 

Walking this good earth for more than six decades, getting closer to seven, the girl, the woman, the writer I’ve searched for, questioned, challenged and shaped, comes into view. —Terra Trevor 

The landscape will teach you who you are. —Pikuni Elder Joe Crowshoe Sr.

Books by Terra Trevor, and containing her work

We Who Walk The Seven Ways
I'm at work on a collection of stories tracing my journey as a young mixed blood Native woman into elder hood, and I'm currently seeking a publisher. My memoir, Pushing up the Sky, tells my motherhood story of challenge, joy and deep loss. We Who Walk The Seven Ways focuses on love and friendships with the elders who came into my life after that difficult period and became the hands that informed, instructed and shaped me.

Pushing up the Sky: A Mother's Story
A mixed blood Native American, Terra Trevor and her white husband had one child before choosing to complete their family through adoption. They adopted from South Korea twice: an infant with medical needs, and an older child. There are two stories in Terra Trevor’s personal accountThe first is about her oldest daughter experiencing difficulty adjusting to adoption and becoming the oldest child. The second story is about her son, also adopted from Korea, diagnosed with a brain tumor, and how this family, or any family, must endure crises and tragedy and still find a way to go on. This is a story of compromises and insights, profound joy, deep suffering, and terrific rewards. Parenting birth and adopted children, is one theme of this book. Most of all, it is a story on the meaning of family, and learning to let go of expectations and to forge a new identity.

Contributing Author
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. I'm honored to have my portrait and work included.

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

Native American children have long been subject to removal from their homes for placement in residential schools and foster or adoptive homes. Children of the Dragonfly is the first anthology to document this struggle for cultural survival on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian boarder. Included are the works of Joy Harjo, Sherman Alexie, Eric Gansworth, Terra Trevor; and contributions from twenty new writers.          

Contributing Author
The People Who Stayed: Southeast Indian Writing After Removal
University of Oklahoma Press

Native literature, composed of western literary tradition is packed into the hyphens of the oral tradition. It is termed a “renaissance” but contemporary Native writing is both something old emerging in new forms and something that has never been asleep. The two-hundred-year-old myth of the vanishing American Indian still holds some credence in the American Southeast, the region from which tens of thousands of Indians were relocated after passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830. Yet, a significant Indian population remained behind after those massive relocations. The People Who Stayed is the first anthology to focus on the literary work of Native American authors with ancestry to “people who stayed” in southeastern states after 1830.

Contributing Author
Birthed From Scorched Hearts: Women Respond to War

Award-winning author MariJo Moore, asked women writers from around the world to consider the devastating nature of conflict—inner wars, outer wars, public battles, and personal losses and battles on the homefront. Their answers, in the form of poignant poetry and essays, examine war in all its permutations, from Ireland to Iraq and everywhere in between. With contributions from both well-known authors including Paula Gunn Allen, Carolyn Dunn, Linda Hogan, Kim Shuck, Terra Trevor and numerous others, this moving anthology encompasses a wide range of voices.

Contributing Author
Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning The Universe

"All the tribes say the universe is just the product of mind. It fits perfectly with the quantum. Indians believe the universe is mind, but they explore the spiritual end of it, not the physical." Vine Deloria Jr." Included are the works of John Trudell, Lois Red Elk, Kim Shuck, and numerous others. An excerpt from my forthcoming book, We Who Walk The Seven Ways is included.

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