Ayendy Bonifacio is a doctoral candidate in English at The Ohio State University. His areas of scholarship include American literature of the long nineteenth century, particularly the era before the Civil War; print culture; American poetics, specifically the circulation and production of poetry as a public discourse across periodicals; Latinx studies; and hemispheric studies. Drawing from a vast archive of mid-nineteenth-century U.S. periodicals, Bonifacio’s dissertation, “Poetry in the Popular Press (1855-1866)” uncovers paratextual connections between poems and news, poems and editors, and poems and readers which have been lost in the process of anthologizing. His research has been published in Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, and The Journal: A Literary Magazine. He is also the author of Dique Dominican (2017) published by Floricanto/Berkeley Press. The Latino Author named his book one of the “ten best non-fiction books of 2017.”
Additionally, Bonifacio has presented work on a range of nineteenth-century authors and editors, including William Wells Brown, Walt Whitman, Lydia H. Sigourney, Alice Cary, Robert E. Bonner, Francisco P. Ramírez and Horace Greeley. His research has led to several collaborative digital humanities projects including “The Sarah Piatt Webpage” with OSU’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (RBML); “El Cronista: Hispanic American Readers in the Nineteenth Century” with the American Antiquarian Society (AAS); and the “Poindexter Village Project” with the Ohio State Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN). His interest in digital humanities has led him to participate in summer programs on digital archivization and composition. In the summer of 2015, he was a participant of the NEH Summer Institute “City of Print” at CUNY. In 2018, he took part of The Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC).
Bonifacio has taught online and in-person composition and literature courses in the English department with themes such as nineteenth-century periodical culture, introduction to fiction, hemispheric approaches to Latinx writers and U.S. poetry of the long nineteenth century. He has served as the outreach and communications coordinator for the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) at Ohio State, hub coordinator for the Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER); and recruitment officer for The Graduate/Professional Student Recruitment Initiative (GPS) with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.