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Game Over Books

Founded in 2017, Game Over Books is a small Boston-based press run by nerdy artists. Our mission? Print unique books from diverse voices that push creative writing forward into the Next Level. From acceptance to publication, we give continual guidance to emerging writers as they continue to gain experience points, grow their craft, and navigate the world of publishing.

Recommendations

Becoming An Island

by Anthony Febo

“Febo dismantles inherited masculinity while dancing on a balancing beam between Brown boyhood and becoming his father’s son in this collection of poetry. It is the dinner party you’ve waited your whole life to attend. The poems hold your hand, guide you to your seat, and feed you until you become the plantain tree itself.”

— Princess Moon, author of The Genocide’s Love B aby Learns to Sing

Chokecherry

by Lyd Havens

“Chokecherry is an impeccable collection of poetry. Lyd’s writing is a vulnerable baring of the soul, and this work in particular is an urgent reckoning with family, history, and the body. At once deeply personal, and also universal, this collection deserves your attention right this second.”

— Mary Lambert, author of Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across

Cut Woman

by Dena Igusti

“One of the things I love most is when a poetry book forces me to slow down, to linger in every pause between breaths and reckon with the awareness that Reading is, itself, an act of consumption. Cut Woman does just this. From “night // fall” to “day//break,” Igusti’s speaker forces readers to linger in the spaces both within and between words, bodies, and countries, even when those spaces do not yet exist: “altar of my body did i give you // a forever // i could not promise? // …// an altered kind of grief?” These poems slice, piece, project only to gut open. These poems remember despite Memory: “i purposely forget // the prayer for when someone dies // inna-illahi-something // i always remember how to start // grieving // but // never when or how to let it out of my mouth.” Dena Igusti is a poet of undying urgency – this is a bold, heart-shattering chapbook debut.”

—George Abraham, author of Birthright (Button Poetry)