"LOOK AT THESE NERDS!" [meet the gob team]
Josh Savory is the creator and Editor-in-chief of Game Over Books. He received his Master’s Degree in English at Bridgewater State University where he also worked on The Bridge, the student-run arts journal, for two years. Later, during a brief stint as the Contracts Coordinator of Strength of Doves Productions, he started working with local writers, helping with editing, formatting, and printing several chapbooks. Some of the books he worked on include but are not limited to: Andrine Pierresaint's Even Pears Speak to Me, Briana Unique Descilien's In 20 Years, Anthony Febo's I Wonder What Ricky Martin Is Doing Right Now, Adobo Fish Sauce's A Little Sauce on the Side, Lissa Piercy's In Writing, Kaleigh O'Keefe's Modern Mourning, and Flatline Poetry's Closets.
In his spare time, he reads manga, plays Apex Legends on PS5 (Bangalore and Valkyrie), and watches The Food Network for recipes of things he’ll never actually cook.
MJ Malpiedi is a queerdo nerd boi, writer, performer, model, and friendly neighborhood panda currently residing in Warwick, Rhode Island. They are the business manager and co-owner of Game Over Books. They have been a producer for organizations and reading series such as the Boulder International Fringe Festival, Bouldering Poets, Bombay Gin Literary Journal and the Biennial for the Americas. MJ is a MFA graduate of Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and is currently working as an event specialist for Brown University. You can find their work in The Bridge, Clockwise Cat, The Love Shovel Review, and elsewhere.
Kaleigh O’Keefe is a gender outlaw and proud union member living in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Their poetry has appeared in Breaking the Chains: a Socialist Perspective on Women’s Liberation, Slamfind, won the PRIDE Poetry Prize in Passengers Journal and is featured on indie music legend Ceschi’s album Sans Soleil.
They have performed everywhere from dingy basements and downtown Boston sidewalks during protests, to the Boston Pride Festival and the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, sharing stages with Kit Yan, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Sakeena Yacoobi, Terry Crews, and more.
They are a co-founder of Game Over Books, an editor and contributor for Liberation News, and host the First Friday’s Youth Open Mic in Jamaica Plain.
Kaleigh is composed mostly of earl grey and has a measuring tape in their possession at all times.
Dena Igusti is a queer Indonesian Muslim poet, playwright, and journalist based in Queens, New York. They are the co-founder of Asian multidisciplinary arts collective UNCOMMON;YOU and literary press Short Line Review. They are a 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. They are a 2019 Player’s Theatre Resident Playwright for their co-written Off-Broadway production “Sharum.” They are a 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow. Their work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. They have performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, and several universities across the nation. Their collection was published with Game Over Books in Summer 2020. You can find more of them at denaigusti.com. Socials: @dispatchdena on Instagram and Twitter
Liv Mammone is an editor and poet from Long Island, New York. Her poetry has appeared in wordgathering, monstering, Wicked Banshee, The Medical Journal of Australia, and others. In 2017, she competed team for Union Square Slam as the first disabled woman to be on a New York national poetry slam team and appeared in the play The Fall of All Atomic Angels as part of a festival that was named Best of Off Off Broadway by Time Out Magazine. She was also a finalist in the Capturing Fire National Poetry Slam in Washington DC. Her most recent editorial job, Uma Dwivedi’s poetry collection They Called her Goddess; we Named her Girl, was nominated for a Write Bloody book award.
Story Boyle is an editor and fantasy writer by day, a bookseller by night, and a craftsperson-ly genderqueer river troll in the hours in between—which explains her love of bridge architecture and the taste of billy goat. Her short stories have appeared in Aliterate, On Spec, Daily Science Fiction, and PerVisions.
Mr. Boyle received her BA from New College of Florida, studying both performance and poetry, but concentrating in anthropology. Presently, she lives in Malden with a houseful of cats. The plants and people are pretty amazing, too.