Nancy Rommelmann

Nancy Rommelmann's work appears in the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Reason, Byliner and other publications. 

She is the author of the novel The Bad Mother (2011). The Queens of Montague Street (2012), a memoir of growing up in 1970s Brooklyn Heights, was excerpted as a NYT Magazine Lives column. The story collection Transportation was published in 2013. Destination Gacy, about a cross-country journey to interview serial killer John Wayne Gacy shortly before his execution, was released in May 2014.

Rommelmann recently completed writing To the Bridge, a nonfiction book about Amanda Stott-Smith, who threw her two young children from a Portland, Oregon bridge in 2009. 

She worked as a story consultant and appears in the documentary The Cult of JT LeRoy, which premiered at the New York DOC festival in 2014.

Rommelmann joins the faculty of Black Forest Writing Seminars in 2016.

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No Exit Plan: The Lies and Follies of Laura Albert, aka, JT Leroy. (LA Weekly) 

Jena at 15: A Childhood in Hollywood. (LA Weekly)

40 Bucks and a Dream: The lives of a Hollywood Motel (LA Weekly)



Anatomy of a Child Pornographer: What happens when adults catch teenagers "sexting" photos of each other? The death of common sense (Reason Magazine)

Sanctuary: Days and Nights at the King Edward Saloon (LA Weekly)

Is Portland the New Neverland? Or do Portland's 20-somethings measure success by a new clock? Yes. (The Oregonian)

Us and Them: The code of the cop bar, RAMPART division. (LA Weekly)

The Great Alaskan Morel Rush: Guns, bears, cash in the woods. (Los Angeles Times Magazine)



Grief's Gravity:  When Jessica Santillan died of a botched heart-lung transplant, Nancy Rommelmann was nearly swallowed by the story. (LA Weekly)

Who She Took With Her: ... the husband, the son, the boyfriend... a drunk's tale. (LA Weekly)


The Monstrousness of Empathy: When private tragedy becomes public property

Sacrificing Rebecca: Laurie Recht loved her 14-year-old daughter to death. Literally. (Willamette Week)


On Mary Gaitskill and "Bad Behavior"

Martha Elliott and "The Man in the Monster"

Walter Kirn on "Blood Will Out"

Langdon Cook and "The Mushroom Hunters"

Katherine Boo on "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"

Debra Gwartney on "Live Through This"

William Langewiesche on "The Atomic Bazaar"

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