Author Page: Joelle Renstrom

Letters to Ray Bradbury by Joelle Renstrom

Releases 2014

Press kit forthcoming. Pre-Orders [forthcoming] will be made available on the Publications & Store page.

Joelle Renstrom currently lives in Somerville, MA, where she teaches writing at Boston University, Northeastern University, and the Boston Collegiate Charter School. She currently maintains a blog about the relationship between science and science fiction, for which she received a 2012 Somerville Arts Council Fellowship Grant. Her work has appeared in Slate, Carousel, Briarpatch, the Means, the Allegheny Review, Sycamore Review, the New York Inquirer, and others. Joelle is the recipient of the CBC Television Jim Burt Prize in Creative Writing, the Hopwood Award for Poetry, the Virginia Voss Writing Award, and the Wesleyan Writers Conference Scholarship. She enjoys Chapstick, the color orange, and all things geeky, especially science fiction.

About the Memoir Collection:
Joelle Renstrom’s Letters to Ray Bradbury explores the intersection of literature and life in personal essays about traveling, teaching, reading, writing, living, and dying. Each essay’s narrative arc is formed and informed by the act of reading literature that makes a reader feel like the book she’s reading was somehow written specifically for her to read in that exact moment. Renstrom, who moved to New York on September 8, 2001, reads Kurt Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan and engages the assertion that “[we are all] victims of a series of accidents,” in an attempt to make sense of the roles of luck, fate, and karma in the events of 9/11, as well as the aftermath in her own life and in the lives around her. Renstrom uses Don DeLillo’s White Noise as a vehicle for contemplating mortality as she struggles with her father’s cancer diagnosis, her unexpected return to her hometown, and the fear of death that envelops her family’s entire existence. Later, as the author travels to Sweden with her father’s ashes, searching for some sign of him, his ancestors, or of her true but lost self, she writes a series of letters to Ray Bradbury, whose work she reads along the way. Renstrom relies on science fiction as a catalyst for grief, as well as a means of pushing past grim realities to begin envisioning life reconstructed and to embrace the idea that “there’s nothing wrong with rebuilding forever.”

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