Hi there.

I'm Melissa Leigh Gore,

a full-stack web developer and writer from Boston, MA.

About Me

Presently I write code at Barbershop Labs, a web and mobile development shop building clean-cut solutions for startups and established brands alike. Read more about my coding interests and projects...

I'm also a writer, primarily of poetry. My work has appeared in Pamplemousse and Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and my reviews have appeared in The Rumpus. I hold an MA in English and Women's and Gender Studies from Brandeis University. Read more about my publications...

I live just outside of Boston, MA with my husband and our silly tabby cat.


I can be contacted via email: hello (at) melissaleighgore.com.


Presently I work for Barbershop Labs, a web and mobile development shop in Boston, MA. I write code primarily in Ruby (Ruby on Rails), Javascript (vanilla, jQuery, Ember, and React), and some Elixir (Phoenix) for our clients. I've been writing code on and off since I was a preteen in the late 90s but officially made a career pivot to full-stack web development in 2015 when I won a code-contest scholarship to attend Launch Academy.

I've helped get some exciting projects off the ground doing freelance web development, including LGBTQ-friendly lingerie shopping at Bluestockings Boutique and worker organizing at the Southern Maine Worker's Center, among other non-profit and corporate customers in a variety of industries.

I enjoy building things that are useful, beautiful, and well-tested. You can find me on Github and LinkedIn.


I like to write poems, and also about poems.


"Prayer" in Drunk in a Midnight Choir

"Topography" in Pamplemousse

Book Reviews

Review of Ultramegaprairieland  by Elisabeth Workman in The Rumpus

Review of Interrobang  by Jessica Piazza in The Rumpus

Review of She Has a Name  by Kamilah Aisha Moon in The Rumpus

Review of You are Not Dead  by Wendy Xu

Ultramegaprairieland book cover
Interrobang book cover
She Has a Name book cover
You are Not Dead book cover


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