Lawrence F. Lihosit was born in the southern suburbs of Chicago in 1951. His family later moved to Arizona where he graduated from grade school, high school and Arizona State University. He reluctantly served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the closing years of the Vietnam War and enthusiastically volunteered for the Peace Corps. His travels and work have taken him from the salmon spawning Nushagak River Basin in southwestern Alaska to the fertile Argentine Pampas. His continuing studies have included master's coursework in urban planning at la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, art and creative writing at Skyline College in San Bruno, California and education at California State University, Fresno.
His literary work is eclectic, including poetry, short stories, travel essays, memoirs, history and how-to. Most recently he published a series of essays about art, accompanied by more than 150 sketches from his travels. Several of his books were nominated for Peace Corps Writers' awards, one named Best Travel Book of the Year, and another received a U.S. Congressional Commendation. Some of his work is listed in the U.S. Library of Congress Peace Corps Bibliography and his Peace Corps literary donations are in the John F. Kennedy Library Archives. His books include "South of the Frontera: A Peace Corps Memoir" and "Across the Yucatan."