I was born in San Antonio, Texas but have lived near Denver, Colorado since age 14. I've written poetry in one form or another for most of my life. I'm a retired social worker, where my writing skills were utilized mostly for grant applications and an "Ask Lew" column which appeared in a local paper.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which forced an early retirement in 2013. Now seven years in remission, I devote more energy toward writing and sending out my work. My poems have appeared in journals and magazines across the country, including Atlanta Review, Main Street Rag, New Madrid, Slipstream, Plainsongs, Pinyon, Colorado Life Magazine, Pudding Magazine and other publications. I won the 2018 Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize through The Orchard Street Press. They published my first full length collection, Dialogues With Light, in late 2019.
I live with my wife, Mary, in Arvada, Colorado in a house we've owned for 33 years. We enjoy travel and spending time with our grandsons, ages 7 and 4. I'm out hiking in the mountains whenever I get a chance and also like to cycle, fish, and garden. Meanwhile, I'm hard at work on my second collection of poems.