Mission, Judges, and Staff

In response to the growing literary community in the Inland Empire of Southern California, Orange Monkey Publishing was started in May 2012 to encourage the scene. Orange Monkey Publishing publishes poetry and plans to eventually publish fiction in the future. We want writing that pushes limits and isn't content with the norm. But most of all, we just want to share great writing and do it with a great community of artists and writers.




Lawrence Eby - Founder and Editor in Chief

Isabel Quintero-Flores – Event Coordinator

L.B. Aaron Reeder IV – Associate Editor

Amanda Kirkley - Associate Editor


Former Judges

Matt Hart

Matt Hart is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012) and Debacle Debacle(H_NGM_N Books, 2013). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.


Gary L. McDowell

Gary L. McDowell was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He earned a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University. He is the author of American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize in Poetry from Dream Horse Press. He’s also the author of two chapbooks, They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009) and The Blueprint (Pudding House, 2005) and co-editor, with F. Daniel Rzicznek, of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such asBellingham ReviewColorado ReviewIndiana ReviewLaurel ReviewMid-American Review, New England ReviewNinth Letter, Poetry Daily, Third Coast, Quarterly West, and Verse Daily, among others. He was also recently awarded the 2010 Editor’s Prize from Minnetonka Review for his group of three poems published in Issue #6.He recently earned his Ph.D. in American Literature and Contemporary Poetry at Western Michigan University. He now lives in Antioch, TN with his family where he is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.


Jennifer K. Sweeney

Jennifer K. Sweeney’s second poetry collection, How to Live on Bread and Music, received the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of America Poets, the Perugia Press Prize and was later nominated for the Poets’ Prize. Her first book, Salt Memory, won the Main Street Rag Poetry Award. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Award from Passages North and two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg awards.  Her poems have been translated into Turkish and published widely in literary journals including American Poetry Review and Poetry Daily. She lives in Redlands, CA with her husband, poet Chad Sweeney and their son, Liam.