Joelle Renstrom

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2006 M.F.A. University of British Columbia (Creative Writing)
2000 B.A. University of Michigan (English and Creative Writing)


Joelle Renstrom writes essays that explore travel, writing, literature, teaching, science, and technology. Her collection of essays, Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature was published in 2015. Joelle maintains an award-winning blog, Could This Happen, about the relationship between science and science fiction. She’s the robot columnist at the Daily Beast and a contributing writer for Panorama, the Journal of Intelligent Travel. Her other work has appeared in Slate, The Guardian, Cognoscenti, LitHub, Guernica, and others.

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