About Passager

Passager (passage + passenger) is a small, independent literary press whose mission is to publish the work of older writers, encourage the imagination in the later stages of life, and create beautiful and welcoming publications.

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.

We’d love to hear from you!


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Massachusetts Book Awards just named Headstone by Mark Elber a Must-Read Book! Congratulations, Mark!

Congratulations to the 2023 Passager Poetry contest winner, George Drew – and all our honorable mentions! See the full list here.

Brand new from Passager Books: Mothernest, a stunning debut by poet Sandy Longley. Now in stock!

Grandfather’s Mandolin by Fran Markover was just named a 2022 Best Book Awards Winner! CONGRATULATIONS, Fran!

“Book Prize Celebrates Older Poets” read the article Poets & Writers published about Passager.

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Gilbert Arzola says he was a poet at 5 but the world changed him. Watch the interview with Gilbert about his new collection Prayers of Little Consequence.

Featured Reading

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Now available to watch: a reading and conversation with contributors from this special issue on generational trauma. Hear their thoughts on writing about trauma, the process, the challenges, and the healing.

Watch the recording.