Ayendy Bonifacio (he/him/his) was born in Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. He earned his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and is currently an assistant professor of English at The University of Toledo. Prior to arriving at Toledo in 2020, Bonifacio was an assistant professor of English at his alma mater CUNY-BMCC. He writes and teaches about American literature and culture, Latinx studies, and print culture from the nineteenth century to the present. He is currently at work on a book titled Newspapers and the Poetics of Paratextuality (1855-1901) that sits at the intersection of periodical studies and nineteenth-century poetry.
His research is published in American Periodicals, Prose Studies, The Black Scholar, American Literary Realism, J19, The New York Times, ASAP/Journal, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other scholarly and public-facing venues. He is also the author of Dique Dominican (Floricanto Press, 2017) and To The River, We Are Migrants (Unsolicited Press, 2020). In 2018, The Latino Author named Dique Dominican one of the “top ten best non-fiction books of 2017.” Bonifacio's research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH); The Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC); and The Society for Nineteenth-Century Americanists (C19).