Terra Trevor is an essayist, memoirist, nonfiction and short story writer of a diverse body of work. She values the collective experience and collaborates with other writers and is a contributing author of 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). She is the author of Pushing up the Sky, A Mother's Story and is working on a collection of stories about love and friendship within a circle of elder Native women.
Her work and portrait is included in Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits (University of New Mexico Press). Her work has also appeared in Voices Confronting Pediatric Brain Tumors (Johns Hopkins University Press) and in numerous other books, magazines, anthologies, literary journals and online.
Born in 1953 to a mixed blood family of Cherokee, Delaware, Seneca and German descent, raised in California, with roots in Colorado and Oklahoma, her life was divided into two seasons; winter and camping. The home she carries within is mountains and pine trees. She is the granddaughter of sharecroppers and a banjo player and grew up in a tradition rich with storytelling.
Portrait by Christopher Felver