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.

Matthew Sorrento, Film Editor
Matthew Sorrento edits the film section of Identity Theory and is a regular contributor to the web magazine Film Threat. A observer of both good and bad cinema, he was named one of the nation's "crankiest movie critics" by the L.A. Times in 2007. He teaches English at Camden County College and lectures on film at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J. Email him 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.

Hilarie Ashton, Assistant Editor
Hilarie Ashton is an English Ph.D candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is at work on a dissertation, "Unsung Heroines in Black and White: Sixties Girl Groups as Inspiration (1961-2016)." She is also an assistant editor for the journals Kairos and Harlot. Her work has appeared in the South Atlantic Review, Anamesa, Journal of Popular Culture, and Latin American Studies. In her spare time, she kickboxes and teaches yoga.

James Warner, Assistant 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, Assistant 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

Carissa Chesanek, Assistant Fiction Editor
Carissa Chesanek is a professional writer with a Master's in Journalism. Her work has been seen in ZAGAT, Food Network, Forbes Travel Guide, and WritingRaw, where her dark short story, "A Flawed Man" was published. She is currently writing her debut novel. Her creative writing was awarded the Featured Fiction Writer Award with Pulchritude Press and nominated for the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence with the Mystery Writers of America.

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.

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