After graduating in 2008, he devoted himself more fully to writing and editing while still working as a retail professional. In 2012 he left his retail career and began writing full-time, producing two prize-winning chapbooks. The first collection, Altar Call, was a winner in the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival and is one of four chapbooks published in the anthology, Diesel. The second, If They Have Ears to Hear, won the Copperdome Chapbook Contest from Southeast Missouri State University Press. That year he was also a master poet for Chicago’s Von Steuben High School pilot poetry program, providing guidance for student poets to write and publish their work. Since June of 2017, Terry has been a regular guest speaker, presenter, and reader for the new MFA program in creative writing at Dominican University of California, as well as a free-lance poetry coach, helping other poets achieve their writing and publishing goals. In 2019, he became the sixth Poet Laureate of Marin County, California.
Terry's poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Columbia Poetry Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Grain Magazine, Green Mountains Review, Naugatuck River Review, Prime Number Magazine, Rosebud, and dozens of other national literary journals. In 2014 he was the winner of the Crab Orchard Review Special Feature Award in Poetry, and his work has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Prize. An excerpt of his memoir, Flight: One Man's Escape from Religious Fundamentalism, appears in issue 66 (2019) of Great River Review.
Terry has served as a guest editor for MiPOesias Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal, OVS, and The Marin Poetry Center Newsletter. He has been an editor with Trio House Press since its founding in 2011 until recently, serving as lead editor for five of its book projects, initially directing sales and marketing, and then sharing executive editor responsibilities with Tayve Neese, before stepping down in order to devote more time to his writing and teaching. He now is affiliated with the press as a member of its advisory board.
Terry's full-length poetry collection, In This Room, was released by CW Books in February of 2016, and his second full-length collection, Dharma Rain, was released from Saint Julian press in October of 2016. His current projects include finalizing his first memoir, Flight, and finding finding the right agent to bring it to market, and completing his fifth poetry collection, a collaboration with Marin County photographer Gary Topper, forthcoming in 2020 or 2021.Terry resides in Mill Valley, California with his life partner of thirteen years.
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After graduating from seminary at age 26, and an ensuing career in the ministry, Terry Lucas spent more than two decades as a retail executive. In 2004, he returned to graduate school part-time at Columbia College Chicago to pursue an MFA in creative writing, studying under David Trinidad, Suzanne Buffam and others. At the close of his first semester, his company transferred him back to the San Francisco bay area.
Following a nation-wide search for a program that might fit his needs, he found the low-residency, single genre (poetry) MFA program at New England College, where he spent the next 2 years studying under Gerald Stern, Maxine Kumin, Michael Waters, Alicia Ostriker, Carol Frost, Malena Morling, and other acclaimed poets.
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