The child of newspaper editors, with roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, Terry Adams grew up in newsrooms and Catholic grammar schools. He earned an MA in Creative Writing and Literature at Miami Univeristy, Ohio. During the Vietnam War era, he became Top Secret Control Officer at the U.S. Air Force’s Strategic Air Command Headquarters, where he had the opportunity to contemplate his personal role in the destruction of civilization. He left the services as a conscientious objector in 1972.
Terry lives with his wife in La Honda, California, among the giant redwoods in Ken Kesey’s former house. For many years, he has been active in the local poetry community, including the Waverly Writers of Palo Alto, the Not Yet Dead Poet’s Society of Redwood City, and the La Honda writer’s group. His poems have appeared in Bellowoing Ark, College English, Ironwood, Poetry, The Sun, Witness, and other journals.