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, was published in May 2020 by Unsolicited Press. His novel, Lucky Ride, was released by Unsolicited Press in 2021, and his novel The Bridge on Beer River will be published in 2023, also by Unsolicited Press. He has stories appearing in Fiction Pool, Jersey Devil Press, Blue Lake Review, Eunoia Review, Fictive Dreams, Literally Stories, SPANK the CARP, Big Bridge and other publications. He has poems appearing in Rust + Moth, 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 two cats and their enthusiastic Golden Retriever, Pearl.