They make butterfly cages of interlinked fingers.  Swallow tailed memories hover inside, disturbing a breath of a place with remembrance.  Then the women open their hands, and the soft creatures flutter up and drift away.
-- Fran Leeper Buss

Fran Leeper Buss's oral histories give voice to those who have walked the road less traveled.  Under Buss's gentle questioning, they speak in ways that touch readers' hearts.  Her books inspire us to consider how we might serve social justice and live more bravely.
-- Marge Pellegrino, author of
Journey of Dreams

Fran Buss, MDiv, PhD is an award-winning oral historian, young adult novelist, and the author/editor of La Partera: Story of a Midwife, Dignity: Lower Income Women Tell of Their Lives and Struggle, Journey of the Sparrows, Forged under the Sun/ Forjada bajo de Sol: The Life of Maria Elena Lucas, The Moisture of the Earth: Mary Robinson, Civil Rights and Textile Union Activist, and Spiritual Visions/ Border Lives: The Actions and Beliefs of Progressive Women Activists at the U.S.-Mexico Border (with Josefina Castillo). She recently completed a sixth book, Memory and Meaning: Oral History and Working-Class Women.

Her tapes and transcripts are archived in seven research libraries in a collection called Work and Family: Low Income and Minority Women Talk About Their Lives.

She is also the creator of a photography exhibit of women’s portraits called, “Stepping from the Shadows.”

Fran lives in the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona with her husband David Buss, a UCC minister and chaplain.

 "[Forged Under the Sun] is the product of a long collaboration and friendship between [Maria Elena] Lucas and editor Fran Leeper Buss.  Buss has kept herself almost invisible in the final product. . . but her skills as a writer. . . . are present in every chapter.  She has written a broadly valuable introduction, providing a history of border economics, labor history of farmworkers, Mexican folk Catholicism, and other aspects of Lucas' cultural legacy; then she steps back to allow her to speak for herself."
 -- Barbara Kingsolver

For more information email Fran Leeper Buss at fran@franleeperbuss.com