Joe Bonomo

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Joe Bonomo is an American essayist and rock and roll writer.


Bonomo grew up 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), Highway to Hell (3313 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 each been translated into French and published in France, the latter as The Fleshtones: Histoire d'un Groupe de Garage Américain.

In 2012 Bonomo was named the Music Columnist for The Normal School literary magazine. 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 anthology The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice.

He lives with his wife, Amy Newman, a professor and poet in DeKalb, Illinois.[9]


  • Sweat: The Story of the Fleshtones, America's Garage Band (Continuum, 2007)
  • Installations (National Poetry Series, Penguin Books, 2008)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found (Continuum Intl Pub Group, 2009)
  • AC/DC's Highway to Hell (3313 Series, Continuum Intl Pub Group, 2010)
  • The Fleshtones: Histoire d'un Groupe de Garage Américain (French, Camion Blanc, 2012)
  • Conversations With Greil Marcus (Literary Conversations Series, University Press of Mississippi, 2012)
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found (French, Camion Blanc, 2013)
  • This Must Be Where My Obsession With Infinity Began, essays (Orphan Press, 2013)


  • Illinois Arts Council Fellowships
  • Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction (Northern Illinois University)
  • National Poetry Series
  • Orphan Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award


  1. ^ "Joe Bonomo • Ohio University English Alumni". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Published Titles • Ohio University English Department". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Art imitates art in Joe Bonomo's new book of prose poems". 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Our Contributors". Diagram. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Free Verse 16 - Jacket Notes". 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  6. ^ "The Laurel Review 40.1". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
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  8. ^ "The Seneca Review - Google Boeken". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Joe Bonomo | Directory of Writers | Poets & Writers". 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 

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