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!


Plain Sight book cover

New from Passager Books: Plain Sight, an exquisite new collection from poet David Bergman nominated for two Pushcarts.

Congratulations to Joyce Schmid, the 2024 Poetry Contest winner! Join us in celebrating Joyce and all our honorable mentions listed here. Thank you to everyone who sent us poems to read.

Read “The People Who Started Again In Their 90’s,” an article from The Guardian featuring Passager poet Sarah Yerkes.

Headstone just received Massachusetts Book Awards Poetry Honors! Congratulations, Mark!

The Academy of American Poets has awarded Passager poet Moira Egan the Raiziss/De Palachi Fellowship for her translation of Letters of Black Fire by Italian poet Giorgiomaria Cornelio. 

Featured Reading

David Bergman portrait

“I refuse to turn my life over to the disease.” Read the full interview in JMore with Passager poet David Bergman, author of Plain Sight, about the unique challenges of writing with Parkinson’s.