Meet the Identity Theory Staff

Matt Borondy and corgi
Matt Borondy (and Iroh)

Matt Borondy, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher
Matt Borondy founded Identity Theory in 2000 at the age of 21 after a flash of inspiration that arose from sitting in the lotus position for too long. He logged on to Windows 95 and earnestly emailed strangers asking them to send literature for him to publish on a hand-coded HTML Web 1.0 site. Some of them did. He called the site Identity Theory because the words sounded cool together and the domain name was available. He has continued to publish the site throughout the new millennium, but his only qualification is proficiency in Windows 95. No one has asked him to stop, but he needs lots of help (see below). When not toiling away on this project, he splits his time between telling his corgi to stop barking at his cats, helping kids learn to hit baseballs, and pretending to be good at card games. He can still sit in the lotus position but needs about ten minutes to stand up afterwards. You can follow him @mattborondy on various social media sites or subscribe to the Identity Theory newsletter for his weekly thoughts. He lives in southern Nevada.

Sophie Newman
Sophie Newman

Sophie Newman, Deputy 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
Katie Burgess

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
Sara Sams

Sara Sams, Poetry Advisor
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 saraesams.com.

Vic Nogay
Vic Nogay

Vic Nogay, Micro Editor & Associate Poetry Editor
Vic Nogay (www.vicnogay.com) 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.

Justin Aoba
Justin Aoba

Justin Aoba, Deputy 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 extimateothers.com.

Lisa Cantwell
Lisa Cantwell

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
Elia Karra

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 Okay DonkeyHAD, and The Daily Drunk, among others. When not writing, she likes to play the drums—much to everyone's dismay—or talk about folklore and monsters in pop culture in her Monster Mayhem newsletter. Follow anywhere @eliakarra or visit her at eliakarra.com.

Tianyu Yi
Tianyu Yi

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
James Warner

James Warner, Senior 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 jameswarner.net.

Sarah Clayville
Sarah Clayville

Sarah Clayville, Senior Fiction Editor
Sarah Clayville is a writer and high school teacher in central Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Milk Candy Review, and other journals. Her first children’s novel debuted in 2023. For her published works and thoughts on writing, visit SarahSaysWrite.com.

Carlos Tkacz
Carlos Tkacz

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
Katy Goforth

Katy Goforth, Fiction Editor
Katy Goforth is a writer and editor for a national engineering and surveying organization. Her writing has appeared in Brevity, Reckon Review, Cowboy Jamboree, Salvation South, and elsewhere. Her prose collection, Anchored, is forthcoming with Belle Point Press (2025). 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 katygoforth.com

Abbie Doll
Abbie Doll

Abbie Doll, Fiction Editor
Abbie Doll is a writer residing in Columbus, OH with an MFA from Lindenwood University. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Door Is a Jar MagazineThe Bitchin’ Kitsch, and Ellipsis Zine, among others. Connect on Twitter or Instagram @AbbieDollWrites.

Emmy Ritchey
Emmy Ritchey

Emmy Ritchey, Fiction Editor
Emmy Ritchey is a writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The Baltimore Review and Identity Theory, among other places. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a grant writer for an Off-Broadway theatre. You can find her on Twitter  @emmy_ritchey.

Cody Shrum
Cody Shrum

Cody Shrum, Fiction Editor
Cody Shrum is a teacher, writer, and gym manager based in Kansas City. He has earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an MA from Pittsburg State University. Cody’s fiction and poetry have appeared in such journals as Identity Theory, Prime Number Magazine, Rust + Moth, and Harbor Review, as well as the anthology, Kansas Time + Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry. You can find his writing at codyshrumauthor.com.

Ivan Davenny, Fiction Editor
Ivan Davenny was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but has moved so many times that he just says he’s from “all over.” He received his BA in English from Brooklyn College and his MFA from the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Tech. His work has appeared in The Canopy Review, Olney Press’s Kiss Your Darlings: A Taylor Swift Anthology, and LIGEIA. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, and can be found lurking on twitter.

Doug Dabbs
Doug Dabbs

Doug Dabbs, Visuals Editor
Doug Dabbs is an illustrator and art professor whose comic books have been published by Image, Oni, 12 Gauge, and Desperado. He regularly exhibits work internationally in locations like South Korea, Macedonia, Canada, and England, and his illustrations have appeared in Burning Word Journal, High Shelf, Sand Hills Literary Journal, Box Journal, Coffin Bell, Art Ascent, Under the Sun Journal, and Pittville Press. Doug’s work has earned international acclaim, receiving awards from American Illustration, 3x3, Society of Illustrators West, Brightness Illustration, Cheltenham Illustration, and Communication Arts. He teaches illustration and visual storytelling in higher education, currently at Middle Tennessee State University, and previously at Savannah College of Art and Design. Most days he can be found drawing, teaching, and perfecting his coffee brewing skills.

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.

Mia Arias Tsang
Mia Arias Tsang

Mia Arias Tsang, Copy Editor
Mia Arias Tsang is a writer and freelance editor based in New York City. Her work explores themes of queer desire, intimacy, and disconnect. A Tin House SW’23 alum, her work has appeared in Copy, Autostraddle, Half Mystic Press, Fatal Flaw Magazine, and Broad Recognition Magazine, among others. She lives in Queens with her cat, Peanut, and is currently working on a novel. You can find her on Instagram @mia.arias.tsang.

Giano Cromley, Assistant Editor (on hiatus)
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.

Chuck Augello
Chuck Augello

Chuck Augello, Assistant Editor
Chuck Augello is the author of The Revolving Heart (Black Rose Writing), a Best Books of 2020 selection by Kirkus Reviews. His novel A Better Heart (Black Rose Writing) was praised by PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk as "Lively, engrossing, fast paced, and spot on when it comes to nailing what's wrong with animal abuse but in a realistic, not preachy way. A great read, a great beach novel." His most recent is Talking Vonnegut: Centennial Interviews and Essays (McFarland), an exploration of the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut. His work has appeared in One StoryNecessary FictionSmokelong Quarterly, and other fine journals. He’s a graduate of the MFA Program at Queens University at Charlotte.  Visit him at www.cdawriting.com.

Bradley David
Bradley David

Bradley David, Assistant Editor
Bradley David's poetry, fiction, essays, and genre-blending works appear or are forthcoming in Terrain.org, JMWW, Los Angeles Review, Rougarou, Exacting Clam and numerous other publications and anthologies. He is Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated, and won Identity Theory's 2022 2022-Word poetry contest. Bradley is also the blended-genre senior editor at JMWW. He and his husband are urban homesteading in Los Angeles with their dog, cat, and aviary of rescue birds. Selected work at bradley-david.com. Socials @bradley_david_w

David Estringel
David Estringel

David Estringel, Assistant Editor
David Estringel is a Texas-based author of five poetry collections, including his latest Blind Turns in the Kitchen Sink (Anxiety Press, 2023), and six poetry chapbooks (his seventh, Brujeria, a bilingual, hybrid collection of prose and verse coming soon from Anxiety Press). A graduate of the University of Texas (B.A. in English Studies and M.F.A. in Creative Writing), David currently functions as Editor-in-Chief at The Argyle Literary Magazine and has served on the editorial staff of Elixir Magazine. Good Men Project, Red Fez, and The Temz Review. His poetry, fiction, and CNF have appeared in literary publications, such as The Opiate, Literary Heist, The Milk House, The Honest Ulsterman, Drunk Monkeys, and Fahmidan Journal. He currently teaches English composition and literature at Austin Community College and Central Texas College. Connect with David on Twitter, Instagram, Threads, and on his website www.davidestringel.com.

Kristine Gill
Kristine Gill

Kristine Gill, Assistant Editor
Kristine Gill is a full-time freelance writer based in Northeast Ohio. She got her start in newspapers and spent five years working as a spokesperson for a Florida law enforcement agency where she produced a podcast on cold cases. She currently runs two fiction workshops, co-hosts a fiction podcast called Why Is This Good? and has too many pets.

Christine Ma-Kellams
Christine Ma-Kellams

Christine Ma-Kellams, Assistant Editor
Christine Ma-Kellams a college professor, Harvard-trained cultural psychologist and writer whose fiction and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, the Rumpus, Catapult, Southern Humanities Review, Saturday Evening Post, the Rupture/the Collagist, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today and elsewhere. Two of her short stories were also nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her empirical studies on culture and relationships have also been widely covered in GQ (Australia), Esquire (Middle East), Boston Globe, Vice News, Elle Magazine (UK), Yahoo News, MSN News, Fox News, New York Post, and Daily Mail. Her debut novel from Atria, The Band (April 2024), follows a cancelled Kpop boy bander who escapes by hiding in the McMansion of an unhappily married therapist with a Savior complex. In its indicting portrayal of mental health/public obsession/fandom/cancel culture, The Band considers how old tribal allegiances disrupt modern celebrity.

Julia Passini
Julia Passini

Julia Passini, Assistant Editor
Julia Passini received her PhD in psychology in 2023 and uses her research to in her writing to capture human dynamics in characters. Aside from academic journals, her writing has been published in magazines such as The Fantastic Other and ZEAL. She enjoys creating comics, animation, playing Pokemon Go with her husband, and Dunkin' coffee. 

Preeya Shankar
Preeya Shankar

Preeya Shankar, Assistant Editor
Preeya Shankar is a freelance writer who has contributed to The New York TimesMarie ClaireReductress, and Imposters Theater, among others. She studied Journalism and Anthropology at NYU and is currently working on an MPH. She enjoys knitting (poorly), teaching her cat to read (better than you'd think), and sitting down and watching Paul Rudnick movies (skillfully). You can find her work at preeyashankar.com and her unhinged pop-culture thoughts @PreeyaShankar.

Adam Shaw
Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw, Assistant Editor
Adam Shaw lives with his wife and daughter in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of the novel The Jackals and the memoir Sportsman’s Paradise, and his work can be found in Pithead ChapelHADRejection Letters, and elsewhere. He can be found online at theshawspot.com.

Nancy Stone, Assistant Editor
Nancy Stone lives and writes in Florida, a place that’s even weirder than you think. Her short work appears in New World Writing and elsewhere, while her novels keep looking for homes. Someday they’ll find one just the right size and move in. In the meantime, she dreams up new stories, herds cats, and visits her native Connecticut, where her distant aunt was convicted for blasphemy in 1662. Like her aunt, she’ll always tell the truth if it’s uncomfortable.

Sara Tausendfreund, Assistant Editor
Sara Tausendfreund is a copy editor and creative writer with a Master's degree in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been published by Every Day Fiction and Full House Literary. She is also a volunteer fiction and poetry reader for Witness Magazine.

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