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Passager Books http://www.passagerbooks.com a journal and press for writers over 50 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:53:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.passagerbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-cropped-cranelogo1-32x32.png Passager Books http://www.passagerbooks.com 32 32 Two new titles from Passager! http://www.passagerbooks.com/two-new-titles-from-passager/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/two-new-titles-from-passager/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:50:49 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1548 Continued]]> Announcing two forthcoming titles from Passager Books: Because There Is No Return, by Diana Anhalt, and Never the Loss of Wings, by Maryhelen Snyder.


Diana Anhalt’s newest collection, Because There Is No Return, is an exploration of her childhood spent in Mexico after she fled the U.S. with her parents during the McCarthy Era. Anhalt’s poetry has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Nimrod Journal, The Atlanta Review, Sow’s Ear and Comstock Review. Her essays, short stories and book reviews have been published in both English and Spanish. She is the author of three chapbooks: Shiny Objects (Estampa Artes Graficas), Second Skin (Future Cycle Press) and Lives of Straw (Finishing Line Press). Her book, A Gathering of Fugitives (Archer Books), is an exploration of political expatriates like her parents. Click the above cover image to preorder.   online

Maryhelen Snyder is a recently retired psychotherapist with ongoing involvement with the profession.  She has a long history of teaching, having taught preschool through post-graduate level. She has been published in numerous journals, and has 4 books: Sun in an Empty Room (2012), No Hole in the Flame (2008), Because I Praise (1998), and Enough (1979). She recently edited The Young Child As Person: Toward the Development of Healthy Conscience (2013). Click the above cover image to preorder.

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Announcing 2015 Passager Poetry Contest Winner! http://www.passagerbooks.com/announcing-2015-passager-poetry-contest-winner/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/announcing-2015-passager-poetry-contest-winner/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:27:36 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1480 Continued]]> Congratulations to James McGrath, this year’s Passager Poet from New Mexico! Five poems and an interview with James will appear in the contest issue.

Thank you to everyone who submitted! With over 2,000 poems, we struggled to choose between entries, so we’ve accepted more poems for this issue than ever before. We’re very excited to start putting together what will be a great issue. We plan to release the issue in late August.

Notifications are being sent and will continue to go out in the next few days. Look for yours in the upcoming week or so! And if you are interested in submitting more work, we are now accepting entries to the Open Issue. Click here to learn more about submitting.

Thanks again, and congratulations to James McGrath!

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Submit to the Open Issue online! http://www.passagerbooks.com/submit-to-the-open-issue-online/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/submit-to-the-open-issue-online/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:30:42 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1477 Continued]]> For the past 25 years, Passager has only accepted mailed entries. Well, this past spring we tried a combo mail/online entry option, and it worked really well! So we’re introducing an online option for the Open Issue as well.

Submit your work by clicking here. It requires a $10 reading fee to cover the cost of printing (we’re still enamored with hard copies of submissions, and this fee includes a complimentary back issue of the magazine). But don’t fret– you can still mail your entries for free, if you happen to be a traditionalist.


Online submissions are open July 15-August 15. Mailed submissions will be accepted until September 15, 2015. Best of luck!


All mailed entries may be sent to 1420 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 and must be postmarked by September 15, 2015.
Emailed entries will not be considered.

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Passager poetry workshop with poet Shirley J. Brewer http://www.passagerbooks.com/passager-poetry-workshop-with-poet-shirley-j-brewer/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/passager-poetry-workshop-with-poet-shirley-j-brewer/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 15:37:56 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1469 Continued]]> 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).

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THANK YOU! http://www.passagerbooks.com/thank-you/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/thank-you/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 00:01:58 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1457 Continued]]> 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!

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Remembering ’68 http://www.passagerbooks.com/remembering-68/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/remembering-68/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:18:33 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1464 Continued]]> 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


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Last week to submit for our 2015 Poetry Contest! http://www.passagerbooks.com/last-week-to-submit-for-our-2015-poetry-contest/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/last-week-to-submit-for-our-2015-poetry-contest/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:14:15 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1455 Continued]]> 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!

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Revisiting Larnell Custis Butler http://www.passagerbooks.com/revisiting-larnell-custis-butler/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/revisiting-larnell-custis-butler/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:44:29 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1349 The following poem and art piece by Larnell Custis Butler appeared in Passager Issue 41 (Winter 2006), and in Improvise in the Amen Corner.


FullSizeRender Gardenia in my hair

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Roy’s Visit to Baltimore http://www.passagerbooks.com/roys-visit-to-baltimore/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/roys-visit-to-baltimore/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:21:37 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1324 Continued]]> 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.












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,



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56 is winding down! http://www.passagerbooks.com/56-is-winding-down/ http://www.passagerbooks.com/56-is-winding-down/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:10:56 +0000 http://www.passagerbooks.com/?p=1171 Continued]]> 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!

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