Joelle Renstrom

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

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About Me


To travel as much as possible, to write, to read, to meet cool people and to laugh. Oh, and to eat good food.


I've lived in Chicago, New York City, Dublin, Vancouver and now Boston, among other places. I've visited 30 countries with more on the way.

I teach English, writing and communications at Boston University, the Boston Collegiate Charter School, Lesley University, Quincy College, and Emerson College. In addition to travelling, I enjoy writing, reading, chapstick, electronica, the color orange, cheese, cooking, patterns, biking and good science fiction.


Whether you think you can or can't doesn't matter, because you'll be right.

"If your boy is a poet, horse manure can only mean flowers to him."
--Ray Bradbury

"I can’t do anything about the chaos in the universe or my country, or even in my own miserable life, but I can at least make this piece of paper or canvas, or blob of clay or chunk of marble, exactly what it should be.”
--Kurt Vonnegut

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


any way I can...


I've couchsurfed in Boston and in Eastern Europe. Amazing experiences all the way around!


writing, reading, travelling, cooking, breaking it down, ridiculousness, space (both outer and personal), biking, hiking, running, snowshoeing, rollerblading, yoga, nerds, geeks, freaks, the sun, science fiction, electronica, seeing shows, climbing, the color orange, robots, sushi, patterns, eggplant, surrealism, hockey, chapstick, sleeping, balconies, soccer, cheese, wine, olives, poi, music, gin, the Midwest, corn, psychology, philosophy, pickling, peanut butter, snow days, summer vacation, getting lost, driving too fast, strange stories

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack, Pixies, Bent, Aphex Twin, Bjork, Thievery Corporation, EBTG, Mouse on Mars, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Material, Tosca, David Byrne, Daniel Lanois, The The, O.T.T., Shpongle, Cocorosie, Bluetech, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sigur Ros

TV Shows: Buffy, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Arrested Development, Dexter, Mad Men

Movies: Requiem for a Dream, Goonies, Fargo, The Ice Storm, Harold and Maude, Trainspotting, Rocky Horror, The English Patient, Il Postino, Jacob's Ladder, Spellbound, Lost in Translation, Alien, City of God, Anne of Green Gables, Eternal Sunshine

Books: Lolita, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The Martian Chronicles, Tropic of Cancer, Anna Karenina, 100 Years of Solitude, Slaughterhouse 5, The End of the Affair, Madame Bovary, Middlesex, Unbearable Lightness of Being, White Noise, Ender's Game, Childhood's End, The God of Small Things, Golden Gate

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I moved to New York City on September 8, 2001. I didn't have a job, a place to live or any friends. Yeah, that was quite an experience, alright...

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Ireland, United States

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