About Us

Co-editor Kendra Kopelke tells the origin story of Passager (above).


In 1990, in Baltimore, Passager was born. The idea was to bring attention to writers over 50 by giving them opportunities to publish with a nationally recognized press. At that time, it was unusual to find men and women writing in their 80s and 90s, but now we are happy to report that more and more authors join those ranks every day.

Passager Books, founded in 2005, has published anthologies, poetry collections, short fiction and memoirs by authors whose work has appeared in our journal. Our writers are our high flying birds, our muses, who make public the passions of a generation vital to our survival.

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Meet the Staff


Mary Azrael and Kendra Kopelke, co-editors, have been editing Passager together (nonstop) for 25 years. Poets themselves, they also write opera librettos (Mary) direct an MFA program (Kendra), teach writing classes (Mary and Kendra), and play music. Pantea A. Tofangchi, art director, is a poet and skillful graphic designer, who pours her heart into making Passager’s books beautiful. Christine Drawl is our managing editor and is as professional and prompt as she is talented and wonderful to work with. Also a writer (of fiction) Christine received her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. Our business manager, Jaye Crooks, has been with us for over 20 years. Not only do we depend on her to help keep our expenses from going over the cliff, but she’s full of good ideas for the future of Passager. 



Maryhelen Snyder, author of Never the Loss of Wings, discusses writing, aging, her poetry, and the soul (above). 
Order a copy of her book.


Creative Expression in Older Adults: tune in to editor Kendra Kopelke on Maryland Humanities Podcast.

NEW from Passager Books! The Uncorrected Eye from 2017 Passager Poetry Contest winner Harry Bauld. Read a sample from this new book Jo Sarzotti praises for its “roving imagination.”

CONGRATULATIONS Ginny Lowe Connors, winner of the 2018 Passager Poetry Contest! Read one of her winning poems, and a sample of our honorable mentions.

Lots of upcoming events from our writers—view our Events Page to see what’s happening in your area.

Shirley J. Brewer’s A Little Breast Music is back in stock in its second edition! Visit the online store to order.

A Sunday in Purgatory made SPD’s Poetry Bestseller’s List!

Vermont Public Radio featured Jean Connor! Read or listen to the interview here.

WBJC featured Passager on Booknotes. Listen to the interview with co-editor Kendra Kopelke here.