He/him. Richard Leis is a poet and writer living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and The Laurel 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.

Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona.


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


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)



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


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.