Terra Trevor is an essayist, memoirist and nonfiction writer, a contributor to 15 books, the author of two memoirs, and essays and articles in numerous publications. Her new memoir, We Who Walk the Seven Ways, will be released from the University of Nebraska Press, Spring 2023. 

Her memoir, Pushing up the Sky, has been widely anthologized. 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), Unpapered: Writers Consider Native American Identity and Cultural Belonging (forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press), Voices Confronting Pediatric Brain Tumors (Johns Hopkins University Press), Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, and in numerous other books, anthologies and literary journals. 

Terra is the granddaughter of sharecroppers and was raised in a large extended family in a banjo and fiddle tradition, rich with storytelling and music. Her essays and memoirs are infused and shaped by her Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca ethnicity, her identity as a mixed-blood, and her connection to the landscape. She came of age in Compton, California, but calls the mountains home. 

In addition to writing, she has worked as a director with American Indian Health. As a coordinator with a pediatric brain tumor organization, as a director of volunteers with hospice. As a director of volunteers for an animal shelter. 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 for at-risk and foster youth in transition. In schools, and with writers and storytellers workshops and mentoring cores. She lives on the Central California Coast, and divides her time between the ocean and the mountains in Northern California.

Books by Terra Trevor, and containing her work

Forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press, Spring 2023

We Who Walk the Seven Ways, is the story of a young mixedblood American Indian woman seeking healing and finding belonging. After a difficult loss, a circle Native women elders embraced and guided her through seven cycles of her life, within their indigenous ways. Over three decades, these women lifted her from grief, instructed her in living, and showed her how to age from youth into beauty. Reflections on the deep power of female friendship, on losing a child, reconciling complicated roots, and finding richness in living every stage of life, these stories show us the end is always a beginning. 

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 EducationThe University of Arizona Press

Edited by Linda Rodriguez and Diane Glancy 
Forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press, Spring 2023

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.

The University of Arizona Press 

Children of the Dragonfly, edited by Robert Bensenis the first anthology to document this struggle for cultural survival on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. Invoking the dragonfly spirit of Zuni legend who helps children restore a way of life that has been taken from them, the anthology explores the breadth of the conflict about Native childhood. Included are works of Joy Harjo, Sherman Alexie, Eric Gansworth, Terra Trevor and others. They take readers from the boarding school movement of the 1870s to the Sixties Scoop in Canada and the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 in the United States. They also spotlight the tragic consequences of racist practices such as the suppression of Indian identity in government schools and the campaign against Indian childbearing.” 

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. This is the first anthology to focus on the literary work of Native Americans with ancestry to “people who stayed” in southeastern states after 1830 and represents every state and every genre.

A Raven Chronicles Anthology

Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, contains poems, stories and images from 117 writers, 53 artists, with 69 illustrations, divided into five fluid and intersecting sections: Legacies, We Are Here, Why?, Evidence, and Resistance. We begin with Legacies because the current increased climate of hate in this country didn’t begin with the 2016 election, and to find its roots we must look to U.S. history.

Fulcrum Publishing

Writers from around the world were asked to consider the devastating nature of conflict-inner wars, outer wars, public battles, and personal losses. Their answers, in the form of poignant poetry and essays, examine war in all its permutations, from Ireland to Iraq and everywhere in between, this moving anthology encompasses a wide range of voices. Edited by MariJo Moore.

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 end.—Vine DeLoria Jr. 

Johns Hopkins University Press 

A Guide For Families, Friends and Caregivers 

A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought 

Growing Old in a Beautiful Way (page 59) is an excerpt from Terra Trevor's new memoir, We Who Walk the Seven Ways, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press, Spring 2023.