About Passager

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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“Each decade as we age is distinct. We’re filled with clichés, we’re filled with flat phrases, we could list all the ways used to describe older people. Poets and writers want to find language and tell the story of aging in a way that’s both truthful and new, revelatory.” Read the interview with editor Kendra Kopelke in Prime Time Living, a special edition of the Baltimore Sun.


Passager congratulates Mark Elber, recipient of the 2022 Henry Morgenthau lll First Book Poetry Prize for a Writer 70 or Older

Congratulations to Mark Elber, The 2022 Henry Morgenthau lll First Book Poetry Prize Winner! Read from Elber’s winning manuscript Headstone and celebrate our honorable mentions, here.

The Pandemic Diaries are back! New entries are posted weekly. Read and submit here.

Grandfather’s Mandolin is a beautiful first book of poems from Fran Markover where “family and friends prevail and share their truths, stories, songs.” Read a sample here.

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

Sarah Yerkes turned 104! Her first book, Days of Blue and Flame, was published when she was 101, after a long career as an architect and sculptor gave way to writing poetry. Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Sarah read us a poem for her birthday – watch the recording here.