Category: Published

  • “ad perficiendum”

    “ad perficiendum”

    “Everything breaks down. During a season of harms, / every disaster looks premeditated. You imagine things.”

  • “Pangaea Proxima,” “Panthalassa,” & “Juniper Tree, Boy and Bird”

    “Pangaea Proxima,” “Panthalassa,” & “Juniper Tree, Boy and Bird”

    “My mother is a superocean. She bore us. Bears us. Bears / our accusations in rain and rivulet to river. A wave, she / surrounds us.”

  • “From Them Prostrate I Flee”

    “From Them Prostrate I Flee”

    “I don’t have any trouble remembering my dad, though. I have no trouble remembering his rage, my fear, and the way the ground opened up and it was the only way out that April night in 1987.”

  • Reorganizing My Website, Reorganizing My Life

    Reorganizing My Website, Reorganizing My Life

    It’s time for a website reorganization that focuses entirely on writing and teaching while burying my past activities.

  • “Bird Chooses to Make a Habitat of Heart”

    “Bird Chooses to Make a Habitat of Heart”

    “Give me back / my heart, beautiful bird. Mistake me for an open window.”

  • “Goodbye to Rock”

    “Goodbye to Rock”

    “We remind them that road trips and human exploration lead back, without adding ‘if all goes well.’ Ride an explosion, walk on another rocky surface, collect some samples, more vials, return with the samples on top of another explosion. We can be there to cheer them on.”

  • “I Can’t Explain Love or Loss if the Only Language I Have is Geology or What I Watch on YouTube”

    “I Can’t Explain Love or Loss if the Only Language I Have is Geology or What I Watch on YouTube”

    “The couple quit uploading to YouTube two years ago. / Their videos are something pitiful and earnest now, / something long buried, sand-scratched, rubbed raw. / Thumbs down, I think. None of my business.”

  • Flash Monster 2020 Short List

    Flash Monster 2020 Short List

    My flash fiction story “A Bird Watcher’s Guide to Malformed and Buzzing Things” earned a spot on the close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs for the annual Flash Monster contest from The Molotov Cocktail!

  • “In Which I Invent a Man”

    “In Which I Invent a Man”

    “I must / still look for / him. My constant / resentment.”

  • I See and It’s Not Nearly Enough

    I See and It’s Not Nearly Enough

    “I see how police officers and forces and governments react when they are challenged for their violent policies and racist behaviors. I see how they empower and embrace white supremacy groups and vigilantes while targeting Black people, people of color, peaceful and agitated demonstrators. I see how so many Americans have opinions about rioting and looting but stay quiet about the murders, violence, and oppression that prompted the latest historic demonstrations and remonstrations.”

  • “In a Mirror, Dimming”

    “In a Mirror, Dimming”

    “Beyond the scarred surface, I saw the bones of the Moon, / the geology of a crime. He would not speak of it.”

  • h+


    Richard designed, developed, and maintained the original h+ Tucson website as well as the expanded h+ website for multiple chapters and new transhumanist-related content, including a gallery of transhumanist art, links, and other resources.

  • Painbow


    Richard Leis created Painbow after he witnessed and experienced two incidents of discrimination. His idea was to briefly describe each situation, include the hurtful statement itself, and provide a short response.

  • RADIO Frontier Channel

    RADIO Frontier Channel

    RADIO Frontier Channel was a podcast from Frontier Channel hosted by Richard Leis in 2005 that included science and technology news and interviews with scientists at the University of Arizona.

  • Frontier Channel

    Frontier Channel

    The Frontier Channel website edited by Richard Leis provided news and commentary about the “Great Frontiers of cyberspace, outer space, the ocean, and destinations in between.”

  • Flashpocalypse Short List

    Flashpocalypse Short List

    My flash fiction story “The Canal” was shortlisted for The Molotov Cocktail’s latest quarterly flash contest: Flashpocalypse!

  • “Witch House”

    “Witch House”

    “Little girls in white dresses skipping rope / & chanting singsong in slow motion we stole / from an 80’s horror film.”

  • “Passage”


    “I drove Pacific Northwest November numb / through trees like tall green drifts to the ocean / seething with chaos.”

  • “The Yogurt Swimmer”

    “The Yogurt Swimmer”

    “A snout breaks the surface of Greek yogurt in the 32-ounce container I have freshly opened and set on the counter. It sniffs cautiously, then sneezes and sprays yogurt everywhere. I yell. It pokes its entire head out and chirps. Mel is at daycare, Bill at his office. I’m between jobs and spend my days looking for work and being the stay-at-home dad, which includes grocery shopping “I’m not eating this.”

  • “Rail Work”

    “Rail Work”

    “You ended up back here at the train station after you burned your mom’s house to the ground. You sit down on a bench under the eaves, and the dark clouds that followed you back drop a curtain of rain between the platform and the tracks. The vanishing point of the rails isn’t far off in either direction. The world isn’t shrinking; it has imploded.”