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, 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.