According to the bio on his website: "Terry Ballantine Bisson was born in Madisonville, Kentucky, and raised in Owensboro, 1942–1960. He attended Grinnell College in Iowa and the University of Louisville.
Photo by Rosalie Winard
After a brief time in Louisville, he moved to NY City, where he lived on and off for some thirty years, with sojourns in the hippie communes of the Southwest and South from 1969–1975. He worked as an auto mechanic and as a magazine and book editor. He published his first novel in 1981, and has been a working science fiction writer ever since. Politically he was part of the New Left, associated with the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and the May 19th Communist Organization.
He has three children, Nathaniel, Peter and Zoe by his first marriage to Deirdre Holst of NY; and two stepchildren, Kristen and Gabriel and a daughter Welcome, with Judy Jensen, his wife and companion of 50 years. He and his second wife Mary Corey (of NY, Colorado and LA) are still fast friends.
Since 2002 he and Judy have been living in Oakland, California."