Richard Leis spends much of his workday on Mars, with HiRISE, a team at the University of Arizona that has a camera in orbit around the Red Planet. In the evening and on weekends, he’s back on Earth, in Beaverton, Oregon. Or he's off exploring other destinations in his reading and writing.

Writer of the dark, the difficult, and the inexplicable, Richard’s speculative stories have been published in The Molotov Cocktail and anthologies published by Crone Girls Press and House of Zolo. His literary and speculative poems have been published in Impossible Archetype, The Laurel Review, Manzano Mountain Review, Star*Line, Eye to the Telescope, and the Adult Children anthology from Wising Up Press. Several of his poems and stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2018 and 2021, Richard was a finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards.

He has participated in writing workshops and craft classes at the University of Arizona (B.A. Creative Writing and English, 2015), the University of Arizona Poetry Center (2016 - 2019), The Writers Studio (2016 - present), the Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop (2018, 2019, 2021), and Moanaria's Fright Club (2020, 2021). From 2019 through 2022, Richard helped organize the annual Tucson Poetry Festival as a board member.