Terry Wolverton / Vicki Stolsen
Terry Wolverton was born August 23, 1954 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. When she was just a year old, she left Florida with her mother and moved to Detroit, where she grew up. Her grandmother, Elsba Mae Miller, who had been a teacher, used to recite poetry to her, and Terry credits this with her love of language. From an early age Terry was interested in the arts, especially writing, music, and drama, and she graduated from Cass Technical High School’s Performing Arts program in 1972.
Terry spent her first year of college at the University of Detroit in its BFA Theatre Program. In 1973 she transferred to the University of Toronto, where in addition to Theatre she also majored in Women’s Studies.
In the summer of 1975 she attended Sagaris, an independent institute for the study of feminist political theory. She then enrolled in Thomas Jefferson College, an experimental school based in Western Michigan, and participated in its Women, World, and Wonder program.
In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman’s Building. Terry spent the next thirteen years working and creating at the Woman’s Building where, in addition to producing performance and literary art, she was also instrumental in the Lesbian Art Project, the Incest Awareness Project, the Great American Lesbian Art Show (GALAS), and a White Women’s Anti-Racism Consciousness-Raising Group. For a time she served as the nonprofit organization’s Executive Director.
Link to Terry Wolverton and Vicki Stolsen’s performance as part of Public Spirit is
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