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.