Meet the Identity Theory Staff

Matt Borondy, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher
Matt Borondy founded Identity Theory in 2000. He lives in southern Nevada. Contact him at

Robert Birnbaum, Editor-at-Large
Robert Birnbaum, a bookish journalist, was born in Germany, grew up in Chicago, and lived for too many years in Boston. He is editor-at-large at Visit him at OurManinBoston.

Carole A. Burkett, Prose Editor
Carole A. Burkett is an editor and print designer from Ohio now in Maryland by way of Wisconsin and Colorado. Her journalism design has appeared in publications across the country, her former piano students have appeared in middle school jazz bands and her news copy editing appears almost daily in print in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Sophie Newman, Prose Editor
Sophie Newman is a writer from Monterey, California. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Writer's Digest, Hippocampus, and on her mother's coffee table. In 2021, she earned her MFA from The Ohio State University. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she's revising a novel.

Katie Burgess, Prose Editor
Katie Burgess's work has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Smokelong Quarterly, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.  Her chapbook, Wind on the Moon, is available from Sundress Publications. She lives near a mayonnaise factory and teaches at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. 

Sara Sams, Poetry Editor
Sara Sams is the author of Atom City (2021), a book of poetry that scrutinizes the various legacies of her Manhattan Project hometown. Sara also translates poetry from Spanish (David Leo García, Adriana Bañares) and believes that all poems are experiments in translation. A graduate of Davidson College (B.A.) and Arizona State University (M.F.A.), Sara has served on the editorial staff of Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Waxwing Magazine; she has also supported student editors as a faculty mentor for The Superstition Review. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona. You can find her work online at

Justin Aoba, Associate Poetry Editor
Justin Aoba is a writer and editor based in NYC. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Barren MagazineThe Hyacinth ReviewBlack Stone / White Stone, and elsewhere. He is a member of Heung Coalition and helps organize their creative writing workshop. You can find him at his blog

Lisa Cantwell, Associate Poetry Editor
Lisa Cantwell is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco. Her poems have appeared in Ponder Review, december, Welter, The Pointed Circle, and Underblong, among other publications. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and is the winner of the 2022 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. A freelance theatre director and educator, she lives in Santa Monica, California and has a rescue terrier mix named Seamus Heaney.

Elia Karra, Associate Poetry Editor
Elia Karra is an author and filmmaker from Athens, Greece, with an MFA in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University. Her work has appeared in HAD, The Daily Drunk, Crow & Cross Keys, and elsewhere. When not writing, she likes to play the drums, much to everyone's dismay. Visit her at

Vic Nogay, Associate Poetry Editor
Vic Nogay ( is a proud Ohioan with a BA in English/Creative Writing from Denison University. She writes poetry and flash/micro fiction and is currently working on her first novel. Her micro poetry chapbook, under fire under water, was published in September 2022 by tiny wren publishing. Her work appears in Fractured Lit, Lost BalloonBarren Magazine, and Little Engines among others.

Tianyu Yi, Associate Poetry Editor
Tianyu Yi was born and raised in Little Rock, AR, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Wiley Birkhofer Fellow at the NYU MFA in Creative Writing Program, and is a graduate of Davidson College. She was a 2015 Brave New Voices Semifinalist, a two-time recipient of the Vereen Bell Memorial Awards, and her work can be found in the Missouri Review. She captains various amateur queer & trans soccer teams around New York, once held the speedrun world record for Hades on the Nintendo Switch, and is embarrassingly proud of her WPM average on TypeRacer.

James Warner, Fiction Editor
James Warner has published short fiction in ZYZZYVA, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, Santa Monica Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. His novel All Her Father's Guns satirized U.S. politics back when that was even possible. He is one of the co-moderators of the San Francisco Writers Workshop. More information at

Sarah Clayville, Fiction Editor
Sarah Clayville’s work has appeared in the Threepenny Review, Literary Orphans, StoryChord, and other journals. She is a high school English teacher and assistant literary editor for the online journal Mothers Always Write. For her published works and musings, visit

Jamie Guiney, Fiction Editor
Jamie Guiney is a literary fiction writer from County Armagh, Northern Ireland. His debut short story collection The Wooden Hill (published by Epoque Press) was shortlisted under Best Short Story Collection, in the 2019 Saboteur Awards. Jamie's short stories have been published internationally and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He has also been nominated three times for the The Pushcart Prize and long-listed for Irish Short Story of the Year in the 2021 An Post Book Awards. Visit him at

Carlos Tkacz, Fiction Editor
Carlos Tkacz is a PhD student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he studies speculative fiction and pop-culture through an ecocritical lens and in the Global Anglophone context. His particular interests are science fiction, representations of violence, and narrative theory as it pertains to subjectivity. When he's not reading and writing, he can generally be found teaching or rock climbing!

Katy Goforth, Fiction Editor
Katy Goforth is a writer and editor for a national engineering and surveying organization. Her writing has appeared in The Dead Mule School, Reckon Review, Bright Flash Literary Review, and elsewhere. When she’s not writing, she’s traveling the country following her favorite musicians and collecting oddities for her menagerie. She calls South Carolina home. Visit her at

Matthew Tiffany, Book Reviews Editor
Matthew Tiffany is a clinical counselor living with his wife and kids in Maine. His book reviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online publications over the past ten years. His blog, Condalmo, was started in 2006 and continues to exist on life support.

L.A. Sklba, Interviews Editor
L.A. Sklba is a writer and journalist currently living and working in Colorado, but she proudly calls Wisconsin home.

Elizabeth Conard, Copy Editor
Elizabeth Conard is a writer and co-owner of Editide, where she edits dissertations, research articles, and books. Her poetry has appeared in HAD, Pamplemousse, and The Bangalore Review, and she co-authored two nonfiction books released in 2022. In her spare time, she likes to draw and ponder the latest Twitter discourse, often to her own detriment.

Mia Arias Tsang, Copy Editor
Mia Arias Tsang is a writer and freelance editor based in New York City. She is the Marketing and Outreach assistant at the literary nonprofit House of SpeakEasy. She writes both essays and fiction that are heavily informed by her lived experiences as a queer Asian-Latina woman and deals with themes of identity and loss. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Autostraddle, Half Mystic Press, Fatal Flaw Magazine, Bullshit Lit, Fifth Wheel Press, Sage Cigarettes Magazine, the Yale Daily News Magazine, and Broad Recognition, Yale's intersectional feminist magazine.

Giano Cromley, Assistant Editor
Giano Cromley is the author of What We Build Upon the Ruins and The Last Good Halloween. He is the chair of the Communications Department at Kennedy-King College in Chicago.

Olivia Cailliarec, Assistant Editor
Olivia Cailliarec is a recent graduate of Concordia University where she received her BA in English Literature. From 2020-2021 she served as the Managing Editor of Soliloquies Anthology in Montreal. She is currently based out of New Jersey.

Costa B. Pappas, Assistant Editor
Costa B. Pappas is a New York-based writer and editor focused on feature stories, op-eds, and reviews. His work has been featured in Fiction Writers Review, The Aztec Press, The Dana Point Times, and elsewhere. You will most likely find him writing at The Algonquin Hotel, a nod to the hotel’s previous literary inhabitants.

Surya Hendry, Assistant Editor
Surya Hendry is currently a junior at Stanford University. She spends most of her time producing podcasts. She occasionally writes. Her work appears in Crow & Cross Keys, The Leland Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is based in Wyoming.

Dayna Copeland, Assistant Editor
Dayna Copeland is a writer and a musician in Denver, Colorado. A graduate of writing programs at Yale and Florida State University, Dayna has been published in Schuylkill Valley Journal and Landlocked Magazine while also working in publishing at The Denver Post and Boulder Weekly. She will be a forthcoming participant at the 2022 Tin House Writer's Workshop and is working to complete her memoir on nostalgia, music and the deep south.

Shipra Agarwal, Assistant Editor
Before she committed to writing fiction full-time, Shipra was a doctor who wrote poetry between patients. When she is not revising her debut novel-in-stories, Shipra likes to hike and camp in national parks. Arundhati Roy and Alice Munro are her favorite authors.

Eliza Davis, Overnight Editor
Eliza Davis lives and writes in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere in England. She started writing when she was 7. She is delighted to announce she has improved since then and is published variously. She's studying her MA in Creative Writing and has a pet goldfish named Goldeen. She's very cool.

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