Vic grew up in Pullman, was graduated from WSU, and acknowledges that walking the Palouse hills still serves to lower his blood pressure. After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, Vic taught at Eastern Illinois University from 1977-86—a good job, he says, that emphasizes to him how blessed he is to be at Whitworth. Brought to Whitworth to teach fiction writing and American literature, he has branched out and now takes particular pleasure in teaching modern and contemporary world literature – especially contemporary fiction from eastern Europe.
A freelance writer since the late ‘70s, he writes an article each month for Ruralite magazine; finds it entertaining to recall that some years ago he sold material on the same day to Fundamentalist Journal and National Lampoon; and refuses to blush at the fact that he has published articles on The Beverly Hillbillies, eastern Washington archaeology, alcoholic farmworkers, Jew’s Harp music, and bobblehead dolls celebrating stars of professional poker. (Source - www.whitworth.edu)