Terry was born in South Dakota and raised in Minneapolis and Cleveland. After serving in the Seabees, he received a BA and MA in English from SUNY Binghamton, and a PhD in Victorian Literature from Emory University. He taught college composition and creative writing and later survived a series of Silicon Valley startups as a software engineering manager.

Terry’s poetry collection, The Poet’s Garage, will be published in May 2020 by Unsolicited Press, and his novel, Lucky Ride, will be published by Unsolicited Press in 2022. He has stories coming or appearing in Jersey Devil Press, Blue Lake Review, Eunoia Review, Fictive Dreams, Literally Stories, SPANK the CARP and Big Bridge. He has poems coming or appearing in Typishly, The Mantle, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Third Wednesday, Front Porch Review, Riggwelter, The Lake,  Rat’s Ass Review, Kalliope, Kansas Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Puerto del Sol, California Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, Cottonwood Review, Lullwater Review and other publications.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and literary mentor Michaelyn Burnette, a Librarian from the University of California, along with their son, two cats and their goofy Golden Retriever, Pearl.