Bonomo was born and raised in Wheaton, Maryland, and graduated from University of Maryland (BA) and Ohio University (MA and PhD). Since 1995 he has taught writing creative nonfiction and literature at Northern Illinois University.
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, Free Verse, Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, Laurel Review, Quarter After Eight, River Teeth, Seneca Review, 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.