The winner of the Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Travel Writing in 2011 is Lawrence F. Lihosit (Hondurus 1975-77) for his Years On: And Other Travel Essays
Lawrence F. Lihosit was born in the southern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois 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 (Honduras, 1975-1977). 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. He earned his living as an urban planner for many years, working in Honduras, Mexico, Alaska, Arizona and California.
Winners of the Peace Corps Writers Awards receive a certificate and small cash award.