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 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 Pushing up the Sky, a memoir 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 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), Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles and in numerous other books, anthologies and literary journals online. 

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

Reading, Writing and Living

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. 

Indigo hours of early morning rewriting and revising, while my three sweet teenagers slept and the cat walked across my keyboard. All those wonderful writing years, with my dogs sleeping at my feet, while a pot of pinto beans simmered on the back of the stove, and afternoon sun poured through the window, with tiny dust particles floating in the sunlight. 

Age is a wise teacher. I'm more focused. More aware that my reserves are no longer limitless and where I put my time matters. How do I want to spend my afternoons when I'm not writing? What books and writing projects do I want to put forth? And to be living after I am not living? 

I value the collective experience collaborating with other writers across genres and in addition to my solo work I'm a contributing author of 10 books

My Writings Online and within my collection of Essays and Insights, a number of my posts are serious/substantial, balanced with lighter topics. 

Most of all, my writing is timeless (vs. timely).


Books by Terra Trevor, or containing her work