Lela E. Buis

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Lela E. Buis
Born Middlesboro, KY
Occupation Writer, poet, painter
Nationality US
Alma mater The Florida State University
Genre speculative fiction

Lela E. Buis is a speculative fiction writer, playwright, poet and artist who was born in Middlesboro, KY. She graduated from Florida State University (FSU) and the Florida Institute of Technology, and worked in engineering for a number of years at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida. She currently resides in Tennessee.


Lela Buis was born the eldest of two daughters of Joseph N. and Lena Grace Buis (née Overton). When Joe was discharged from the army after World War II, the couple took ownership of a Century Farm in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Lela Buis attended Claiborne County High School, and as a child was active in farm related organizations such as 4-H clubs.[1] At FSU she worked in research on Computer Assisted Instruction[2] and was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.[3] She performed with the Florida State University Dance Theatre,[4] and from 1983 served as president of the Titusville, Florida, non-profit Community Dance Theater.[5] From 2001-2003, she was active in the Brevard Playwrights Workshop.[6] She holds a black belt in Yoshukai Karate.[7]

Writing career[edit]

Buis' first listed short story sale in the science fiction and fantasy genre was in 1991.[8] She often writes fiction inclusive of minorities. From 1992 to 2002, she served as director of The Best of Soft Science Fiction Contest.[9][10] From 2002-2003 she served as editor of the online literary and arts magazine Proteus Review, published by Brevard Community College.[11] Her short stories, poems and articles have appeared in science fiction and fantasy publications including Galaxy, Thirteenth Moon, Star*line and others.[12] That Ridge Press has recently released collections of her short stories and poetry.[8]

Buis is a member of the Knoxville Writers Guild, the Tennessee Mountain Writers, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Science Fiction Poetry Association.


Selected publications include:


  • Desperate Lives
  • Hurricane Season
  • Storm and Shadow
  • Competitive Fauna


  • Entwined: The Marriage of Dream and Vision
  • Defiance: A Narrative Poem[8]



  1. ^ Claiborne County farm joins state's Century Farms Program: 110-Year-Old Buis Ridge Farm Recognized for Agricultural Contributions, 25 May 2007, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  2. ^ CAI Center Annual Progress Report (PDF), 1 April 1972, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  3. ^ Full text of "Tally-Ho", 1968, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  4. ^ Dance Theatre Idioms, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  5. ^ Community Dance Theatre, Inc., retrieved 24 April 2015 
  6. ^ Production History of Playwrights Workshop (1985-2014) (PDF), 2014, retrieved 25 April 2015 
  7. ^ List of Yoshukai Yudansha, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  8. ^ a b c "Lela E. Buis - Summary Bibliography". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Borcherding, D. H. (1996). Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Sourcebook: Where to Sell Your Manuscripts. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Best of Soft Science Fiction Contest". Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Proteus Review, 2002, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  12. ^ Heldreth, Leonard; Pharr, Mary (1999). The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Literature. Bowling Green State University Press. 
  13. ^ Black Belt, Rainbow Publications, Inc., February 1988, retrieved 24 April 2015 
  14. ^ Materials Performance 29 (1-6), NACE International, 1990, p. 43, retrieved 24 April 2015 

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