Passager poetry workshop with poet Shirley J. Brewer

Awaken Your Inner Poet with Passager poet, Shirley J. Brewer

You need nothing more to write poems than bits of string and thread
and some dust from under the bed.
—Marvin Bell


 

Are you an aspiring poet who needs a jumpstart? A beginner curious to try your hand? Or a serious writer who wants the stimulation of other poets? This workshop is for writers of all levels who wish to nourish their poetic talent and develop their skills. Inspired by prompts, exercises, wordplay, and poems by established poets—you will create your own poems.

Workshop classes will take place in the Passager headquarters on the beautiful University of Baltimore Campus. The Editors will be in attendance, and you will have the opportunity to ask everything you ever wanted to know about the publication process.

The workshops will take place on Saturdays in June:

June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27

10 AM to 12 Noon
in room 306 of the Liberal Arts and Policy Building located at

10 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

The cost of attendance is $100. If you are interested in signing up or learning more, send us an email. Editors@PassagerBooks.com.


About Shirley J. Brewer

Instructor Shirley J. Brewer is a Baltimore poet, educator, and workshop facilitator. She has published widely in literary journals around the country, and most recently has poems in the anthology, Poetry in Medicine, edited by Michael Salcman with a foreword by Michael Collier, and published by Persea Books. Shirley’s poetry books include A Little Breast Music (Passager Books), and After Words (Apprentice House).

THANK YOU!

The 2015 Passager Poetry Contest is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted! We received a great response this year and are thrilled to spend the next few weeks reading them all. We will begin sending notifications in early June.

Information for our 2015 Open Issue is coming soon.

Thank you again to our returning Passager writers and Welcome to our new ones! We are so grateful to be expanding our Passager family!

Remembering ’68

Passager was born in Baltimore, lives in Baltimore, and feels for Baltimore.

The news compares Monday’s events to the 1968 riots. We thought we would take a moment to remember the voices from our 2008 Martin Luther King issue.

In The Funeral March of Martin Luther King: A Villanelle

Atlanta, 9 April 1968

We’ve been a long time coming to this place—
His grave, long dug, echoes an ancient noise—
His blood is hid in wounds deep in his race.

Our forebears used kind reason to efface
Evil, muffle chains. With silence that destroys,
We’ve been a long time coming to this place.

Laws were ropes time loosed from necks to lace
Long loops of smiles that still hold men as boys.
His blood is hid in wounds deep in his race.

Heart taught our march to the pulse of its beating pace;
Our trail unwinds from wailing—sings out joys.
We’ve been a long time coming to this place.

Years bled wrongs; thickened; gathered to one face
Who named the nameless, bred their cries to voice.
His blood is hid in wounds deep in his race.

From dust rose man: from dust men trampled raise
Breath to build a dream beyond all death. Rejoice!
We’ve been a long time coming to this place.
His wound is hid in blood deep in his race.issueMLK

 

—Ewing Everett Carruthers

 

Last week to submit for our 2015 Poetry Contest!

The Passager Poetry Contest entries should be postmarked by May 1, 2015. Please send:

-Up to 5 poems (40-line maximum for each)
-A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) so we can mail your notification
-A $20 reading fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Passager. (Please make checks payable to: UB/Passager)
-A cover letter with brief bio

Send mail entries to: Passager, 1420 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD, 21201

You may also submit online through Submittable by clicking here.

Please note: email submissions will not be considered.

 

We read all submissions and look forward to reading yours!

Roy’s Visit to Baltimore

It has been quite a summer here at Passager! Our little Passager family has grown significantly with the welcoming of Roy Cheng Tsung, author of Beyond Lowu Bridge. His tale of moving from America into Communist China during the Cold War enchanted us the first time we published his story, “The Monkey King,” in Issue 52.

This past weekend, Roy flew into Baltimore from his home in California. Here he is in the home of our amazing book designer, Pantea Amin Tofangchi, with a book display we set up.

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When I first spoke to Roy on the phone a few years ago, I was new to Passager. I was a student assistant working through the University of Baltimore, and Roy was placing a phone order for additional copies of Issue 52. I remember being struck for the first time with the realization of what Passager’s mission is, and the effect Passager has on its readers and authors. Dedicating a creative space exclusively to older writers is giving a platform to voices and talents that are often overlooked.

 

I’m so happy to be a part of Passager, as I am sure many of you are happy to be a part of the community as well. If you are interested in publishing with Passager, visit our Submit page to learn about our guidelines. Remember, you can always order a book or subscribe online by visiting our online market.

 

With love and good wishes,

Saralyn

 

56 is winding down!

Hi everybody!

 

Things are moving right along here at the Passager office as we gear up to send Issue 56 to the printer. We are so excited for the wealth of wonderful poetry and fiction in this issue… We have some familiar faces in the bunch as well as some new Passager friends for you to meet. We are aiming to have the issue at the printer by late November, so look for it in your mailbox come December!

 

In other news, we want to give a special shout out to longtime friend and Passager author, Rita Plush, whose collection of short stories, Alterations, is out this year from Penumbra Publishing.

 

Alterations Rita Plush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Rita and happy reading to all of our Passager friends!

In Remembrance of Joyce La Mers

Many of you read Issue 55 and fell in love with Joyce La Mers, the 2013 Passager Poet, whose humor and wonderful insight moved us. We received word earlier in the week from her friend Patricia Hoad that Joyce passed away on October 4, 2013.

Joyce truly was one of the bright spirits we admire at Passager. Her life inspired us, and we loved hearing stories of her driving “many miles of unplanned, uncharted highway,” driving across the country in her RV, or growing up competing with her brothers to write “comic parodies of poems.” We are honored to have been able to publish her work in Issue 55, and also to have included her in our anthology, Burning Bright.

 

In her note, Patricia mentions the Nobel Peace Prize, which has been awarded to Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs for their theoretical physics research on the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle. Patricia writes “you were timely to include this poem of hers in Passager, and she would have been so interested in the Nobel discussion, and would have understood it!” This was one of the singular things about Joyce- she wrapped poetry around the whole world.

 

We continue to find inspiration in Joyce’s life and writing, and a surprising comfort in her thoughts on the afterlife: “I really want to know, but I don’t believe I will. I believe I will become part of the Mystery and won’t know squat.”

Issue 55 is here!

Hi everyone! We are so excited that Issue 55 is here, in the office, RIGHT NOW! It is beautiful. Look for your copy in the mail in the upcoming week!

 

To celebrate, check out the recordings of 2013 Passager Poet Joyce La Mers reading some of her featured poems by clicking play below!