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Celebration of the Cosmos: Wed, Oct 10, 7-9 pm

BostonTalks Happy Hour: Thurs, Nov 15 7-9pm

Coming up on Wed, Oct 10 (2018) at 7 pm: Celebration of the Cosmos

Please join me and four other local writers, as well as an Harvard astrophysicist on Wed, Oct 10 for a celebration of the cosmos. We'll have space poetry, deep thoughts about the universe, galactic art, and beer. And it's free! For more info and presenter bios, check out the Facebook event page

Thank you to the Somerville Arts Council for awarding me an artist fellowship for science writing and for supporting this event.  

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Coming up Thurs, Nov 15 (2018) at 7 pm: BostonTalks Happy Hour

I'm looking forward to talking about robots at WGBH's BostonTalks on Thurs, Nov 15. Get your tickets and join us for drinks and chat! Message me for a promo code for a free ticket. 



Previous events / media appearances:


I had a blast (sorry, can’t help myself) on CBC’s “The Current” talking about #SaveOppy and why we’re so attached to the Opportunity rover.

Read the accompanying article or click on the link within it to listen to the interview. Here’s the interview transcript.


Thanks to WGBH for having me on to talk about dystopian fiction for the Great American Read series. 

Have you ever wondered if your favorite dystopian novel could become a reality? Our next Great American Read: Beyond the Books Facebook Live discussion unpacks the rise of dystopian fiction and look at how current events and politics influence its popularity.  


I participated in a conversation about sci-fi at the WGBH studio with some awesome local writers (8/1/18).

What happens when you bring the lab into the library? At the intersection of books and brains, our next Great American Read PBS Facebook Live unpacks the relationship between science and storytelling. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s Thomas Levenson, Boston University's Joelle Renstrom, author and Radcliffe Fellow Kaitlyn Greenidge, and Meredith Goldstein of The Boston Globe sit down with WGBH Science Editor Heather Goldstone to explore how science fiction can shape readers' perceptions of the people behind the beakers.


I attended Launch Pad, a space camp for writers. It was one of the most stimulating and enjoyable weeks of my life (May - June 2018)

NPR's "All Things Considered" published and aired a piece for which they interviewed me about the YONDR phone pouches: "A School's Way to Fight Phones in Class: Lock 'Em Up" (Jan 2018)

The Boston Globe published an article/interview about my cell phone pouch experiment: "A BU Professor Locked Up her Students' Phones, and They Were Not Happy. At First." (Dec 2017)

BU Today published an article/interview about my classroom experiment with cell phone pouches: "Surviving Class Minus Your Cell Phone" (Nov 2017)

I was featured in a profile piece on Business Insider: "The Future is Weird, But At Least Joelle Renstrom is Here to Explain It to Us" (Nov 2017)

I was on a panel called "Artificial Intelligence: Beyond the Hype & Headlines" on Oct 26, 2017 in Boston 

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I gave a talk at Boston HUBweek's Future Forum on Oct 13, 2017 called "Friends or Foe: How Culture Impacts Our Views of Robots"

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TEDx WalthamED: "Science Fiction as a Looking Glass: Teaching Students to Save the World" (4/2/17)


I did an interview with SpareMin about my Could This Happen post about wearable technology, Google Glass, and Black Mirror


I did an interview with SpareMin about my Daily Beast piece about why robots deserve rights


I did an interview with SpareMin about my Daily Beast piece about why humans develop feelings for robots


I did an interview with John Fuselsang on Sirius XM's "Tell Me Everything" about my article "If I Only Had a Brain: How AI Thinks"

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I talked to WBAL / Maryland's Morning News about my article "Can Robots Make Moral Decisions? Should They?"



Thanks to Doug Holder for interviewing me on Somerville Community Access TV's show Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer (10/18/16)



I had a great time talking to the KMSU's Weekly Reader about Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature, as well travel, science fiction, and more!

I did a radio interview with WBAL / Maryland's Morning News about my article "Robots Are Taking White-Collar Jobs Too."



Events celebrating the release of Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature:

Launch Party and Reading

Wed, Sept 16 at 7:30 pm

Aeronaut Brewery (14 Tyler Street, Somerville MA)

Featuring local writers Gila Lyons and Laura Kiesel and special musical guests Paper Waves.

Check out the event page for more details.


Monday, Aug 17 at 7:00 pm

Louie's Back Room (629 Walbridge Street, Kalamazoo MI)

Featuring local authors Becky Cooper and Sally Thelen.

Check out the event page for more details.


Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature is a New Pages Editor's Pick.

Joelle was on Dr. Michael Harris's mind/body radio show talking about the events that led to the writing of the book.

Joelle recently received a Somerville Arts Council artist fellowship for short pieces of science fiction that  illustrate possible futures (2015)

Solas travel writing award for Most Unforgettable Character (2014)

Writers' Room of Boston Nonfiction Fellowship (2013)

Somerville Arts Council artist fellowship (2012)

Wesleyan Writers' Conference Scholarship (2011)

George William Kenwood Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing, Vancouver BC (2005)

CBC Television Jim Burt Prize in Creative Writing, Vancouver BC (2005)

Chapbook contest winner, Aux Arc Review (2003)

Virginia Voss writing award, University of Michigan (2000)

Current Magazine poetry contest winner (2000)

Hopwood Undergraduate Award in poetry, University of Michigan (1998)

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