Joe Bonomo

Bonomo was born and raised in Wheaton, Maryland, and graduated from University of Maryland (BA) and Ohio University (MA and PhD).[1][2] Since 1995 he has taught writing creative nonfiction and literature at Northern Illinois University.[3]

His books include This Must Be Where My Obsession with Infinity Began (essays), Conversations with Greil Marcus (Literary Conversations Series), AC/DC’s Highway to Hell (331⁄3 Series), Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found, Installations (National Poetry Series), and Sweat: The Story of The Fleshtones, America’s Garage Band. Lost and Found and Sweat have been translated into French and published in France, the latter as The Fleshtones: Histoire d’un Groupe de Garage Américain.

His essays and prose poems have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Defunct, Hotel Amerika, Diagram,[4] Free Verse,[5] Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, Laurel Review,[6] Quarter After Eight, River Teeth,[7] Seneca Review,[8] Sentence, and elsewhere, and in the anthologies Brief Encounters: An Anthology of Short Nonfiction, How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-Leading Writers, and The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice.

In 2012 Bonomo was named the music columnist for The Normal School literary magazine, for which he writes two essays annually.