Terry A. Albritton
Terry A. Albritton

    Terry A. Albritton

    A fourth generation Californian, Terry A. Albritton grew up in the Central Valley and in the Bay Area. With degrees in Spanish and political science from UC Berkeley, she has bilingual credentials and has taught in Bolivia, Panama, and California.

    Her fascination with diverse cultures inspired her prize winning short story, “The Grief Lump,” about a West Indian woman in the Canal Zone at the time of the U.S/Panama Treaties of 1979. She collaborated with a Peruvian cosmologist, Anton Ponce de Leon, to translate into English his book, Y el anciano hablo. The translation, The Wisdom of the Ancient One, was published by Blue Star Communications. During her travels to Mexico over a 20 period, she studied with an indigenous investigator, Felipe Alvarado Peralta, and helped to facilitate publication of his four monographs on the legendary Mesoamerican figure, Quetzalcoatl.

    For 24 years, Terry worked with communities impacted by HIV/AIDS in San Diego and the border area. She returned to the Central Valley in 2013 to complete a full-length novel, The Last Real Hobo. Historical fiction, it is based in part on her family history in the Sacramento area. She resides in the rural community upon which the setting of the novel is drawn. She is active in the local historical society while continuing to teach part-time.

    (9) Comments

    • Karen Everett Watson July 14, 2018 @ 9:15 am

      Fascinating topics! Thank you Terry!

      • Terry Albritton October 8, 2018 @ 5:49 am

        You are most gracious, Karen! It was an honor and a pleasure to work with you on the Galt Herald Article. I look forward to reading more of your pieces.

      • Terry Albritton October 8, 2018 @ 5:51 am

        Thank you, Karen! It was a pleasure to work with you on the Galt Herald article! I look forward to reading more of your pieces.

      • Terry Albritton October 13, 2018 @ 9:58 am

        Thanks so much, Karen! I continue to enjoy your superbly written article in the Galt Herald.

    • Rhonda Miller February 14, 2019 @ 5:16 am

      Ms Albritton,
      You are my most favorite teacher of any I’ve ever had. I met you when I was a student in the 4th grade at Fort Kobbe in Panama. This was the 70s. I think I remember that you were pregnant at this time and getting a divorce and you felt that it was important to tell us that because you knew we were all old enough to understand. I still remember how you made us all feel so welcomed and valued in that class. I also remember Tim who came to our class as somewhat of a known discipline problem and because of the environment in that classroom, by the end of the year Tim had become an outstanding student. That made an impression on me even then, when I was ten years old. I haven’t had a teacher since that has had more of an impression on me. You will always be my hero.

      • Terry Albritton December 4, 2020 @ 11:31 am

        Please forgive my tardiness in responding to your comment on Tuleburg. Of course, I remember you and was delighted to hear from you. I lost my 41 year old daughter earlier this year, and as you may imagine, that event has left me totally disoriented. I have a 47 year old son who has helped me to process the grief, but it is true that only time and patience with one’s self can heal after such an event.
        Please tell me about you. Are you married? Do you have children? Where do you live? Interestingly enough, I did hear from “Tim” one or two times several years ago. I’m wondering just how you found me? Are your parents well? I’m forwarding my personal email which you may prefer to use if you answer.
        Much love, Terry (Albritton)

    • Monica Gomez September 11, 2019 @ 1:59 pm

      Hi Ms. Terry,

      We miss you so much here at Arcohe!! Is there a way to keep in touch, email or phone number?


    • Terry Albritton December 4, 2020 @ 11:36 am

      Please forgive my tardiness in answering. I hope that you will receive this because I really want to know about your family and the school. By now, you have heard that I lost my daughter earlier this year. My son has helped me to process the grief, but nothing really diminishes the sadness.
      What has happened with your classes? Are you teaching remotely? Did the instructional aides lose their jobs? I believe that I have your phone number, so I will try to call you some time before Christmas. I do hope that you, your husband and daughters are well.
      Con mucho carino, Terry

    • Ruby Tarango January 8, 2021 @ 8:53 am

      It’s Ruby Tarango i don’t know if you remember me, but i remember you, you shaped me to the English honors student i am today. I remembered you had written and book, and it’s great to see all the people enjoy it! I hope life is all well for you and yours! miss you!
      Ruby Tarango

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