Sweet Connections: Joe Bonomo

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Joe Bonomo
Title of Pieces Published in Sweet:  “Origin Stories
Issues: 4.3

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Find Him:

Joe is a Professor of English at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.  He is also a music columnist for the Normal School literary magazine.
Check out his website for more!

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

I’ve published many essays, and the books No Place I Would Rather Be: Roger Angell and a Life in Baseball Writing (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Field Recordings from the Inside (Soft Skull Press, 2017) (essays), This Must Be Where My Obsession with Infinity Began (Orphan Press, 2013) (essays), and Conversations with Greil Marcus (Literary Conversations Series, University Press of Mississippi, 2012).

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Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m wrapping up a new book of music essays

Who is your favorite author?

Too many to choose one!

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

see above!

What inspires you to write?

Being alive, having ears

What are you reading right now?

Walter Lure’s To Hell And Back, Brian Dillon’s Essayism, and Matthew Restall’s Blue Moves (33 1/3 Series).

What is your favorite sweet?

Banana bars, these days!

It’s all bananas and sour dough started these days, isn’t it?!

Thank you, Joe, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

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