Welcome to PrismWork

“There is a long time in me between knowing and telling… ” Grace Paley

PrismWork is for you, dear reader. In the hope that what you experience on these pages inspires you, moves you, and alters the way in which you see the world. It has been lovingly constructed because, to quote poet Christian Bok, “A word (like Love) has a high refractive index.”

Lisen Stromberg

What’s New and Upcoming?

Thrilled by the response to my feature article on the rise of pharmaceutical drug abuse amongst teenagers called The New Face of Addiction in Diablo Magazine. According to the editor, it is one of the most widely read articles in their history.

Proud to be elected to the board of the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Enjoying my work as the ♥ & $ columnist for Money Under 30. No one can tell me Millennials don’t have it going on.

Honored to be awarded First Place/Commentary by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club for my column in Palo Alto Patch.

Pleased my feature article for Diablo Magazine on the future of feminism came before Anne Marie Slaughter’s big hullabaloo asking why women can’t have it all. Some minds think alike.

Enjoyed working on the “Life Balance” panel for the 2012 Journalism and Women’s Symposium conference. First question asked, just what is ‘having it all’ anyway?

Happy to see MSNBC pick up my work in Palo Alto Patch for an article about teen drinking and the risks to parents.

Loved moderating the panel on blogging and your legal rights for the 2012 BlogHer conference in New York City.

Awed by the explosive growth of the Peninsula Parlour.  This past year I interviewed such luminaries as Carol Edgarian, author of Three Stages of Amazement, Stanford Professor, Richard Banks, author of Is Marriage for White People?, the ever gracious Ann Packer, and the indomitable Ellen Sussman. This spring we will have Michelle Richmond and Gail Tsukyama to name a few as our guest authors.  Come join in the conversation. Click here for more information.

What’s Not So New, But Still Exciting?

Completely awed and moved by the response to my column, My Neighbor, Steve Jobs. Reposted on Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post and elsewhere. At one point, Lisen’s “Blog” was getting 10,000 page views an hour. Incredible.

Pleased with the standing room only crowd at the Branding U panel at the Journalism and Women’s Symposium conference recently. Here is a branding resource developed for the panel.

Thrilled to read my essay, Love Means Never Having to Say ‘Get A Job’,  in Newsweek.

Wrote Helping the MFA Cross the Digital Divide for AWP’s on-line magazine, The Job List.

Proud to be selected as a reader for Narrative Magazine.

Enjoyed my work as a weekly columnist for Palo Alto Patch. We’ll see if hyper-local journalism truly is the wave of the future. And proud to be a Contributing Editor to BlogHer.

A Recent Essay: 

We Are Women. Hear Us Roar… Again.

It had been a busy week for Katrina Alcorn of Oakland. She’d worked late to meet a client’s deadline, she’d missed putting her three children to bed one night too many, and now she was racing off to Target to buy diapers. Afterwards, she’d go home to her husband and together they would clean the house, do the laundry, get dinner ready, put the kids to sleep, and then they would each spend the rest of the evening responding to work emails before falling into bed, exhausted. Suddenly, Katrina realized it was all too much. She pulled the car over to the side of the road, called her husband and said, “I just can’t do it anymore. I have to quit.” Read on…

This is What A Feminist Looks Like

We might not have it all, but at least we can have the tee-shirt

Other Considerations:

“It is worth remembering that every writer begins with a naively physical notion of what art is. A book for him or her is not an expression or a series of expressions, but literally a volume, a prism with six rectangular sides made of thin sheets of papers which should include a cover, an inside cover, an epigraph in italics, a preface, nine or ten parts with some verses at the beginning, a table of contents, an ex libris with an hourglass and a Latin phrase, a brief list of errata, some blank pages, a colophon and a publication notice: objects that are known to constitute the art of writing.”

Jorge Luis Borges