Poet & Writer

IMG_0110He/him. Richard Leis lives in Tucson, Arizona. He has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from The University of Arizona. He is Downlink Lead for HiRISE at The University of Arizona.

His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype, The Laurel Review, and Manzano Mountain Review. His fiction has been published in Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s Fairy-Tale Files.

You can follow @richardleis on Micro.blog or richardleisjr on Goodreads.

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Published Writing

Manzano Mountain Review literary journal website logo screenshot

a haunting & Annular Eclipse

Published in Manzano Mountain Review Issue No. 2
01 May 2018

Cover of The Laurel Review 50.2

My Unbelievable Man

Published in The Laurel Review 50.2
24 April 2018

Screen shot of Cold Creek Review website with title of publication and an wintery creek and forest scene on 28 March 2018

The Center of Dirty

Published in Cold Creek Review Issue No. 5
28 March 2018

Cover of Issue 3 of Impossible Archetype, a Journal of LGBTQ+ Poetry, edited by Mark Ward

Nervous Bambi

Published in Impossible Archetype Issue 3
19 March 2018

Partial solar eclipse through the shadows of leaves on pavement at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona on August 21, 2017

Looking Ahead

21 August 2017 Self-published here: on August 21, 2017, before the solar eclipse I’ve seen the eclipse already. I’ve seen how it begins: the radiant sun, the vanished moon. See how they are going to collide, the many decisions the moon made, the sun in its place and bright and not waiting, but willing. I’ve […]

Cover of Issue 2 of Impossible Archetype, a Journal of LGBTQ+ Poetry, edited by Mark Ward

Roadside Freak Show

Published in Impossible Archetype Issue 2
21 August 2017

Condemn

13 August 2017 Self-published here: Condemn Condemn when necessary Condemn Condemn white supremacists kkk nazis whatever name gone by Condemn always family and friends Condemn when necessary yes parents siblings relatives grew up with them no blood loyality grew up with friends no loyalty friends and coworkers no loyalty Condemn who needs Condemning always Condemn […]

Editor’s Note: Ancient Moments of Telling

Published in Tiny Donkey
6 April 2016

Editor’s Note: Magic Mirrors on Every Wall

Published in Tiny Donkey
6 January 2016

Cosplay Buffet

Published in Fairy Tale Review’s Fairy-Tale Files
co-written and edited by Jon Riccio
14 August 2015

What We Lose

Published in Tiny Donkey
12 August 2015

Once Upon a Microchip

Published in Fairy Tale Review’s Fairy-Tale Files
edited by Jon Riccio
5 June 2015

3-D printed trachea for transplant

The Technologists Grimm

Published in Fairy Tale Review’s Fairy-Tale Files
edited by Jon Riccio
20 February 2015

Link to "A Haunting" essay and image of a gecko

A Haunting

Self-published on Hi
14 December 2013

Link to essay "Why We Go to the Ocean" and image of ocean and rocky beach

Why We Go to the Ocean

Self-published on Hi
29 September 2013

Link to poem "A poem constructed at the University of Arizona Poetry Center" and image of poem on a postcard

A Poem Constructed at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

Self-published on Hi
17 July 2013

Cryonics volume 29.1 cover

7th Alcor Conference Recap

Published in Cryonics volume 29.1 [PDF]
1st Quarter 2008


Honors

Finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards 2018

1st Place winner of The Writers Studio 3rd Annual Write-to-Read Contest (2017) for “These Are the Animals You May Eat” | Judge: Ted McLoof

One of three winners of the 2014 Hattie Lockett Undergraduate Student Poetry Award for “He can wear hats,” “The Talents,” and “The Divorce of Lilith and Samuel” | Judge: Karen Brennan | Learn more about Hattie Greene Lockett

Workshops

Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop 2018 with instructor Mary Jo Bang

The Writers Studio Tucson (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master Workshops and Craft Classes, 2016 – present)

The University of Arizona Poetry Center (various community workshops in poetry and screenwriting)

Appearances

2017

Room – A Literary Reading
hosted by The Writers Studio Tucson
at Antigone Books
20 October 2017
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

I read my poem “These Are the Animals You May Eat”

More information: Appearance Wrap-Up: “Room: A Literary Reading” at Antigone Books

2014

The Hattie Lockett Awards Reading
at the University of Arizona Poetry Center
20 November 2014
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

I read my poems “He can wear hats,” “The Talents,” and “The Divorce of Lilith and Samuel.”

Interviews and Mentions

Negative Mentions

  • Haas, George J. & Saunders, William R. The Martian Codex: More Reflections from Mars. North Atlantic Books (Random House), 22 September 2009, pp. 26, 38.
  • Quinlan, Margaret M. & Bates, Benjamin R. “Bionic Woman (2007): gender, disability and cyborgs.Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, Volume 9 Issue 1, pp. 48 – 58. 3 March 2009. Web.