Lew's poetry has been published widely in journals and anthologies, including 14 by 14, Able Muse, Autumn Sky, bottle rockets, Decanto, the Financial Times, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Orbis, Presence, The Heron's Nest and The Raintown Review, amongst others. Individual poems have been nominated for Best of the Web and a Touchstone Award, and his other writings have appeared in The Nation and the Financial Times. His first poetry collection, Lessons for Tangueros, appeared in 2011, and his first novel, Marcel Malone, is scheduled for release October, 2016. He is a Goodreads author.
He is member of the governing board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, an organization that seeks to warn the world of man-made existential threats, including nuclear proliferation, climate change, and emerging technologies. In 2009, he chaired a World Bank external expert panel on climate change and energy security, and he currently sits on several corporate boards.
Lew has fly-fished since 7 years of age. His greatest love is spey casting for Atlantic salmon with his 15' 3" Thomas & Thomas 11-weight in his beloved Årdal River in Norway. He is still a Splott-Boy.
Lew Watts was born and raised in Splott, an onomatopoeic district of Cardiff, Wales from which, in the 1970s, few escaped. He was educated at the universities of Bristol and Reading in the UK, earning a First Class honors degree and a PhD in geology. He joined Royal Dutch Shell aged 24 and rose to become a Director of Gas & Power, responsible for Africa and S. America. After working in Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and Africa, he moved to the US in 2002, retiring as a CEO in 2009. He lives in Chicago and Santa Fe with his wife, Roxanne Decyk.