Tim Stapleton is the last of seven children born to Della Freeman Stapleton and Paul Hunter Stapleton of Letcher County, Kentucky. As a child, while he wandered through the mountains and valleys of Appalachia, he faced the challenges of being unique in a world full of coal mines, remote hollers, and backwoods ideology. But his talent and courageous spirit gave him the energy he needed to explore, take risks and journey forward, out of the holler and on to an artistic expedition of a lifetime. Graduating with a fine arts degree from Morehead State University, his first job was teaching high school art classes. Eventually, he began creating resonant, colorful and passionate work throughout the country as a set and costume designer, actor, teacher and writer. He later earned his MFA in Creative Inquiry at the New College of California. His fine art has been exhibited in the United States and Japan, and his writing published by Inkwater Press, California Institute of Integral Studies, I’m from Driftwood, and Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel Literary Journal. He taught at Lewis and Clark College, Portland Actors Conservatory, Central Washington University and Willamette University. In 1984 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. As he grapples with a recent diagnosis of ALS, he finds his life becoming richer and more meaningful.