Terry Ehret


Terry Ehret was born in 1955 in San Francisco and grew up in the S.F. Bay Area. She received a BA from Stanford University in 1977, and an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 1984. She has lived in Sonoma County since 1990.

Ehret’s poetry, essays, stories and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her poems have won several literary awards including the National Poetry Series, California Commonwealth Club Book Award, Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and four Pushcart Prize nominations.

Ehret’s first collection of poems was a collaboration with poets Susan Herron Sibbet and Steve Gilmartin called Suspensions (White Mountain Press, 1990). Her full length collection of poems, Lost Body, was selected by Carolyn Kizer for publication with Copper Canyon Press for the National Poetry Series in 1993. In 1995 Protean Press published Travel/How We Go on Living, a letter press, limited edition chapbook. In that same year, her series of poems based on Picasso’s portraits of women took first place in the Pablo Neruda Poetry Competition, and was published in Nimrod’s Awards Issue. This series is also featured in her 2001 collection, Translations from the Human Language.

In 1999, Ehret co-founded Sixteen Rivers Press, a shared-work publishing collective for San Francisco Bay Area poets. From 2004-2006 she served as poet laureate of Sonoma County where she lives and works as a creative writing teacher and manuscript consultant. Her 2008 collection, Lucky Break (Sixteen Rivers Press), was nominated for awards by the Northern California Book Reviewers and the Northern California Independent Book Sellers Associations.

Learn more at terryehret.com