Terra Oliveira is a Philadelphia-based writer, the founder and editor of Recenter Press, and a youth program facilitator at The Free Library of Philadelphia. They are the author of poetry and visual art books And Still To Sleep, An Old Blue Light, and Processes: A Meditation, among others, and their work has been featured in BUST Magazine, Hooligan Magazine, Prolit Magazine, and more. In April 2016, Oliveira participated in the Hope Villa Artist Residency in the Western Ghats of India, and they were the Artist-In-Residence at The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu at The Great Wall of China in March of 2017. Born and raised in the Bay Area, they received their B.A. in documentary film production from San Francisco State University in May 2014, where their work received the Student Film Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (CAAMFest) in Spring 2014.
In addition to their creative work, Oliveira is a regular attendee of The Saturday Free School for Philosophy and Black Liberation, a co-facilitator of bi-weekly nonviolent communication workshops, and an organizer for the Party for Socialism and Liberation. In the years since completing their degree, Oliveira has also had numerous stays and live / work exchanges at monasteries, meditation centers, ashrams, eco-villages, summer camps, farms, and intentional communities in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, China, India, and Nepal. As a dedicated student and practitioner of numerous creative, spiritual, and revolutionary disciplines, these intensive retreats combined with serious study and political praxis are in direct relationship with Oliveira’s work. Central to their life is their home, their partnership, and family and friends, especially auntie-hood.