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1981-84 San Francisco State University
MA English: Creative Writing;Honors in MA Orals
Thesis: To Cross the Room I Travel A Great Distance (book-length poetry manuscript)

1979-1980 Chapman College
Single Subject Credential K-adult: English

1973-77 Stanford University
BA Psychology with distinction

Academic Experience

2001-present Private Creative Writing Workshops and Consultations

1991-present Santa Rosa Junior College

1995-2005 Literary Program Director for SRJC Arts and Lectures Series

1993-94, 1999-2001 Sonoma State University

2004 Calfornia College of the Arts Graduate Workshop in Poetry

1996-97, 2000 San Francisco State University

1991 Napa Valley College

Terry Ehret has published several collections of poetry including Suspensions, Lost Body, Translations from the Human Language, Lucky Break, and Night Sky Journey. Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, nominations for Independent Book Sellers Award and the Northern California Book Reviewers Award, and five Pushcart nominations. She is the co-founder of 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 teaches creative writing workshops.

Professional Involvement and Community Service


Academy of American Poets, All Faculty Association of Santa Rosa Junior College, Associated Writing Programs (AWP), California Poets In The Schools (CPITS), Council of Literary Presses and Magazines (CLMP), PEN West, Literary Arts Guild of Sonoma County, Poet Laureate of Sonoma County Selection Committee


Sonoma County Literary Update Editor (2004-present)

Sonoma County Poet Laureate Selection Committee (2000-present)

Emcee and Judge for Poetry Out Loud Competitions for Sonoma County (2006-present)

Phoenix Writers Youth Mentor (2005-2007)

Poetry on the Bus/Poesia en Vivo Bilingual Poetry Contest, Publication, and County Transit Arts Program (2005)

Sonoma County Poet Laureate (2004-2006)

SRJC Arts and Lectures and Petaluma Arts Council El Dia de los Muertos Committee (1998-present)

Sonoma County Book Festival Poetry Coordinator (1999-2006)


TERRY EHRET teaches composition at Santa Rosa Junior College and private creative writing workshops through the Sitting Room in Cotati.

Presentations and Publications

Night Sky Journey (book-length collection of poems)Kelly's Cove Press, Berkeley, 2011

Lucky Break (book-length collection of poems)Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco, 2008

Translations From The Human Language (book-length collection of poems)Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco, 2001

Travel/How We Go On Living (letter press chapbook) Protean Press, San Francisco, 1995

Lost Body (book-length collection of poems) Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, 1993. National Poetry Series selection

Text For Three Voices (collaborative multiple-voice arrangements of poetry) recorded by CoVision, San Francisco, 1991

Suspensions (with Susan Herron Sibbet and Steve Gilmartin) White Mountain Press, San Francisco, 1990

Honors and Awards

Pushcart Prize nomination for "Night Sky Journey," a sonnet sequence.

Northern California Book Reviewers Nomination for Best Northern California Poetry Book published in 2008 (Lucky Break, Sixteen Rivers Press)

Sebastopol Center for the Arts Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (2005)

Dan Jaffee Memorial Award (2004)for Outstanding Dedication to Publication of Local Poets

Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2004-2006

Soapstone Writing Residency for Women, June 22-July 1, 2002, and July 2005

College of the Redwoods Del Norte Campus, Tumblewords Residency, April 30-May 2, 2002

Poets & Writers__ Writers On Site Residency at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library, January-March 1997. My residency project included arranging and moderating a forum on Poetry and the Visual Arts, teaching writing workshops at the museum and the library, composing a sequence of 14 original poems in response to the art work in the Gallery of California Art, and recording a Poetry Audio Tour featuring work from this sequence as well as poems by participants in the workshops

Santa Rosa Junior College Faculty Recognition Award for Publication, 1993, 2002

Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize First Place for The Thought She Might: Picasso Portraits