About Us

In 1990, in Baltimore, Passager was born. The idea was to bring attention to older writers, to encourage the imagination throughout our lives, and to create a publication so beautiful and welcoming that people would want to read it and be published in it.

To date, we’ve published over 50 issues of Passager magazine, almost 800 poets and over 200 fiction writers and memoirists.

Passager Books, founded in 2005, has published poetry collections, anthologies, and memoirs.

When Passager began, it was unusual to find new work from men and women in their 80s and 90s, but now we are happy to report that more and more authors join those ranks every day.

In 2011, we celebrated our twenty-first anniversary with a conference and book launch in Baltimore. The event was attended by over ninety guests from around the country, and we felt our Passager community become a little closer as authors and editors all met. We are fueled by the passion those readers and writers brought to the conference and continue to bring to each issue of Passager.

Meet the Staff


Mary Azrael,
Editor, is the author of three books of poems and an opera libretto, Lost Childhood, inspired by the life of Holocaust survivor Yehuda Nir. She teaches poetry in the Odyssey program at Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus.

Kendra Kopelke, Editor, is a widely acclaimed poet and a fixture on the Baltimore literary scene. She directs the MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. She was named “Best Poet” by Baltimore Magazine in 2001 in recognition of “Her wildly inventive poems [that] always cut to the heart of the matter . . . when Baltimore’s Kendra Kopelke reads, which is all too infrequently, she projects an ancient, bardic charisma.” Kopelke is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Hopper’s Women.

Pantea A. Tofangchi, Art Director, is a poet, writer and graphic designer. She is the lead designer for Passager and Passager Books, and teaches at the University of Baltimore.

Christine Drawl, Managing Editor, is a writer and designer. She joined the journal in 2014 when she enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program at the University of Baltimore.

Jaye Crooks, Business Manager, has been at the University of Baltimore for over 20 years, where she oversees the business affairs of Passager. On her nightstand you’re likely to find something of Wendell Berry and Jane Austen.


Contact Us


c/o University of Baltimore
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


For Booksellers: Passager is affiliated with the University of Baltimore, and all funds must be processed through the University System of Maryland. We offer two options for bookstore ordering: through Small Press Distribution and through consignment.

You can visit Small Press Distribution at www.SPDbooks.org to order from Passager Books.

Our consignment rate is 60:40, offering bookstores a 40% discount on cover prices. If you are interested in ordering directly from Passager, please email your order to Editors@PassagerBooks.com.