I am a board member of the Hokyoji Practice Community. Below is my short bio from Hokyoji web page:
Lee Love met Katagiri Roshi on Memorial Day weekend in 1983. Lee was living in a Sioux TiPi in the woods and, realizing that he needed formal instruction in Buddhism, he decided to go to Japan to study in a monastery there. He wrote to half dozen Zen Centers in the USA, and Katagiri Roshi was the only teacher to personally write him back.