Lisa Rosenberg
Lisa Rosenberg
At the nexus of science & art

A Different Physics


Published spring 2018 by Red Mountain Press


From thistles and fossils, to the inner workings of spacecraft, the poems in A Different Physics move with lyric power through landscape, culture, and inquiry.


“Rosenberg’s poems meet at the crux of so many of our contemporary concerns.”

— Irena Praitis, 2017 Red Mountain Poetry Prize judge

A slide rule carries us from grief back to innocence. A silicon wafer reflects sexual politics and art history. Realms of the military-industrial complex shape personal and national mythologies.

With musicality and formal breadth, these poems of curiosity, cynicism, reverence, and transformation invite us to consider the forces that shape our thoughts and our lives, as well as paths toward new possibilities for both.


“Lisa Rosenberg’s poetry challenges the myth that the arts and sciences don’t mix.”

— March 29, 2018 State Lines, San Francisco Chronicle

“The rigor necessary for the scientific understanding can complement and expand the wonder that accompanies people of faith, or can stand on its own as it bestows pleasure and knowledge. A different physics indeed.”

— Sept. 17, 2018 The Rumpus

“Red Mountain Press awards an annual prize of $1000 and publication of a full length poetry book. This year the Poetry Prize went to Lisa Rosenberg for A DIFFERENT PHYSICS.”

— October 1, 2017 Red Mountain Press

“Scientist poet” Lisa Rosenberg is named Poet Laureate of San Mateo County.

November 11, 2016 InMenlo


 Poet Laureate and Public Outreach

As Poet Laureate Emerita of a diverse Bay Area county, Lisa advocates for poetry across a wide range of organizations: teaching in libraries, schools, and prisons; and speaking at civic, business, and cultural events.

She created and hosted numerous events during her 2017-2018 tenure, providing public venues for new and experienced writers alike to present their voices. Lisa’s community project, Spoken Art, was a county-wide ekphrastic challenge that showcased local artwork in several media, and received hundreds of original poems from writers of all ages.

Lisa gives readings, visits classes, and speaks to groups outside of traditional literary circles, bringing poetry and multi-disciplinary insight to the broader conversation of civic life, learning, and issues of local and global concern. Contact Lisa for engagements.


 Journals and anthologies

Lisa’s poetry appears in The Threepenny Review, POETRY, Witness, Poetry Daily, The American Journal of Poetry, Southwest Review, The POETRY Anthology: 1912-2002, and elsewhere. She has a craft essay forthcoming in The WAVES Anthology, on the unfolding of her work in poetry within the literal and figurative confines of the aerospace industry. Earlier prose publications include technology features and research.