Patricia Terry, having received a doctorate from Columbia University in medieval French literature, taught this subject at Barnard College and the University of California San Diego until her retirement in 1991. Among her verse translations of medieval texts are The Song of Roland, Poems of the Elder Edda, The Honeysuckle and the Hazel Tree, and Renard the Fox. Prose translations, with Nancy Vine Durling, include The Romance of the Rose, or Guillaume de Dole, and The Finding of the Grail. She and Samuel N. Rosenberg are working together on a collection of late medieval folk poems from France and Spain. A book of her own poems, Words of Silence, was published by Higganum Hill Press in 2005.