Victoria McCallum is a Professor Emeritus at El Camino College in Torrance, California, where she taught reading classes for underprepared students. A Southern California native, she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest at age seventeen while on a family road trip to Vancouver Island. Victoria lived in Oregon for eleven years, earning an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Oregon. Currently she enjoys reading her poetry around Bellingham,Washington, where she has lived with her husband, Lantz Simpson, since 2016. Snow in Los Angeles, her first book of poetry, was e-published by Smashwords. Also a playwright, Victoria co-wrote the book and lyrics for Catalina Sunshine with Lantz, and their musical play was performed at the Sylvia Center for the Arts in Bellingham in May 2018. Recently Victoria has written another full-length play called The Great Refusal. In this tragicomedy, a talented young painter tries to escape her constricting family, but her disturbed brother pulls her back in.