Terry Wolverton

Affiliate Faculty, Creative Nonfiction and Fiction
MFA in Creative Writing


(310) 578-1080

BPh in Creative Writing and Theater, Thomas Jefferson College

Terry Wolverton (creative nonfiction) is the author of six books. Of her most recent, the poetry collection Shadow and Praise, poet Gerald Locklin wrote, “These poems vibrate with controlled breathing, like American mantras infused with Eastern scriptural spirituality. I have the highest admiration for this achievement by a poet and human being who has spent a lifetime in preparation for such a crowning achievement.” Embers is a novel-in-poems about which poet Anne Waldman has said, “…this book is a commitment to the beauties and scintillating particulars of a generous language. This is a tremendous weave of site and humanity.” Embers was a finalist for the PEN USA Litfest Poetry Award and the Lambda Book Award.

Insurgent Muse: life and art at the Woman’s Building, a memoir published in 2002 by City Lights Books, was named one of the “Best Books of 2002” by the Los Angeles Times, and was the winner of the 2003 Publisher’s Triangle Judy Grahn Award, and a finalist for the Lambda Book Award. Her novel, Bailey’s Beads, was a finalist in the American Library Association’s Gay and Lesbian Book Awards for 1997; Kirkus Reviews said of it, “her ambitious debut…features…a stark but melodious prose style…confident style and affecting characters.” She has also published two other collections of poetry: Black Slip, a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 1993, and Mystery Bruise. Two additional novels will be published by Spinsters Ink: The Labrys Reunion (2009) and Stealing Angel (2010.)

Her fiction, poetry, essays and drama have been published in periodicals internationally, including Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train Stories, The Stinging Fly, and Zyzzyva, and widely anthologized. She has also edited several successful compilations: Harbinger: poetry and fiction by Los Angeles writers; Indivisible: short fiction by West Coast gay and lesbian writers; Blood Whispers: L.A. Writers on AIDS, Volumes 1 and 2; the Lambda Literary Award-winning His: brilliant new fiction by gay men and Hers: brilliant new fiction by lesbians, volumes 1, 2, and 3; the series Circa 2000: Lesbian Fiction At the Millennium and Gay Fiction At the Millennium, and the poetry anthology, Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies.

Most recently, she co-edited, with Sondra Hale, the anthology From Site to Vision: the Woman’s Building in contemporary culture, published on the internet at www.womansbuilding.org/fromsittovision/. In 2000, she began collaborating as a writer with choreographer Heidi Duckler and Collage Dance Theater on the site-specific performances subVersions, Under Eden, After Eden, and Cover Story. She is currently adapting Embers as a jazz opera in collaboration with composer David Ornette Cherry. Terry has taught creative writing for over twenty-five years; in 1997, she founded Writers at Work, a center for creative writing in Los Angeles, where she offers several weekly workshops in fiction and poetry. She spent thirteen years at the Woman’s Building, a public center for women’s culture, eventually serving as its executive director. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her artistic and community contributions, most recently, a California Arts Council Artist Fellowship for Poetry and a COLA Fellowship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She is also a certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga. Website:www.terrywolverton.xbuild.com

The Durfee Foundation Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant. (2009)
City of Los Angeles (COLA) Artists’ Fellowship, Creative Writing.(2006)
Finalist, PEN USA Literary Award, Poetry, for Embers.(2004)
Finalist, Lambda Book Award, Poetry, for Embers.
Judy Grahn Award, the Publishing Triangle, for Insurgent Muse.(2003)
Finalist, Lambda Book Award, Autobiography, for Insurgent Muse.
The Durfee Foundation Artists’ Resource for Completion Grant.(2000)
California Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry.
Finalist, Lambda Book Award, Gay/Lesbian Anthology, Fiction, for Circa 2000: Lesbian Fiction at the Millennium.
Finalist, Lambda Book Award, Gay/Lesbian Anthology, Fiction, for His 3 and  Hers 3.(1999)
Lambda Book Award, Gay/Lesbian Anthology, Fiction, for His 2.(1998)

Terry is a founding member of the Future of Publishing Think Tank  the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing center in Los Angeles.
Breath and Other Stories, a downloadable collection of her short stories, is available at www.scribd.com/doc/25241221/Breath
Terry also co-edited, with Sondra Hale, From Site to Vision: the Woman’s Building in Contemporary Culture, an e-book that can be viewed at www.womansbuilding.org/fromsittovision/

My aim is to help you gain the skills and perspectives you need to achieve your excellence.  It’s my expectation that you’re in school because you want to improve, to expand your power and capacity.  It’s my hope that you will open your mind to new possibilities, new approaches, new techniques.  I want you to gain greater flexibility with your mind and your imagination. I welcome dialogue and rely on you to tell me where you want to go with your writing.