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. 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, moving 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.

Writing, Reading and Living

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. 

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. Years of indigo hours of early morning rewriting and revising, while my three sweet teenagers slept and the cat walked across my keyboard. 

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. 

Books by Terra Trevor, or containing my work 



In other writings Online and within my collection of Insights I turn to my favored literary terrains exploring themes of community, ethnicity and race, activism, transracial adoption, spirituality, Native literature, Native issues, simple life and the natural world and sharing my thoughts on the urgent business of being alive. 

Some of my posts have been published previously, excerpts from my books, anthologies and guest essays published in other online places. A number of posts are serious/substantial, balanced with lighter topics. Most of all, my writing is timeless (vs. timely).