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)
I read my poem “These Are the Animals You May Eat”
More information: Appearance Wrap-Up: “Room: A Literary Reading” at Antigone Books
I read my poems “He can wear hats,” “The Talents,” and “The Divorce of Lilith and Samuel.”
Interviews and Mentions
- Mira y Lopez, Thomas. The Book of Resting Places: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead. Counterpoint Press, 2017, pp. 171-173.
- “Richard Leis, HiRISE Downlink Lead.” HiRISE. 10 December 2014. Web.
- Rose, Shari. “Cryonics believers alive and well in Scottsdale.” The Republic. 10 September 2014. Web.
- Gonzalez, Robbie. “See all the landing hardware that Curiosity scattered on the surface of Mars.” io9. 7 August 2012. Web.
- “NASA releases video of Curiosity’s descent, rover returns images of Martian mountain.” Fox News. 7 August 2012. Web.
- “Richard Leis Interview.” Immortality Institute. 15 February 2009. YouTube videos. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
- McGrath, Kelly. “With medical advances, many put faith in freezing.” Cronkite News Service. 8 December 2008. Web.
- Kaliher, Jerad. “Member Profile: Richard Leis, Jr.” Cryonics. 2nd Quarter 2008, Volume 29:2, p. 16. PDF file.
- Messina, Irene. “Can technology and science add to our human existence? Transhumanists think so.” Tucson Weekly. 14 August 2008. Web.
- 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.