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AJ Romriell

Author | Photographer | Educator

Wolf Act

As a child, AJ Romriell strove to obey his Mormon leader's every rule. If he was faithful enough, he was taught, God would remove temptations. But at nineteen, returning home early from his mission after admitting his attraction to men, he was forced to make a decision: either stay the course or work to accept himself fully and risk losing family, community, and the church he'd devoted his life to. His decision to pursue radical acceptance would turn out to be just one step toward reclaiming his life.

Through linked personal essays crafted in lyric, fabulist, and fragmented forms, Wolf Act charts a young man's transformation. Weaving together wolfish fairy tales and mythology, Mormon theology and practice, piercings and tattoos, cave explorations, ghost stories, and more, Romriell explores a childhood of hiding, a familial reckoning, a religious exodus, and an effort to understand one's life as worth saving--even when the meaning of the word "saving" must be reimagined.

Coming February 2025!



"Wolf Act moves in the way a body does, an evocative intertwining of memories through the complexities of familial love, the alienating potential of religious orthodoxy, the thrilling and shameful experiences of adolescence, and the search for love (including self-love) in a homophobic culture that narrowly defines lovability."

—Elissa Washuta, author of White Magic

"Wolf Act succeeds for the way it embraces scene. It operates using metaphor, sensory evocation, and a conceit that engages the imagination. It does what the best nonfiction doesperform voice on the page, striking terror, love, empathy, fear, tenderness, in the heart of the reader. The author successfully connects the personal struggle to a larger understanding of how the individual struggle shapes our world."

—Nicole Walker, author of The After-Normal

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