A former professor of English at the United States Naval Academy, Molly Best Tinsley is recognized as the first professor emerita in its history. Her fiction has twice received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, as well as the Oregon Book Award and the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of "Entering the Blue Stone," a memoir (Fuze Publishing), and co-author of "Satan’s Chamber" (Fuze Publishing), "Throwing Knives" (Ohio State University Press), and "My Life With Darwin" (Houghton Mifflin). Dr. Tinsley also co-authored The Creative Process (St. Martin’s), and her plays have been read or staged nationwide, from Seattle, to Houston, New York City, and Washington DC. She lives in Oregon, where she divides her time between Ashland and Portland.