A weekly podcast, presenting poetry and prose by writers over 50

Read to you by our host Jon Shorr.

episodes

Elaine Logan and Michael Salcman portraits

A Peek at the New Issue

Two pieces from the forthcoming issue of Passager, from Elaine Logan and Michael Salcman.
6 minutes | Transcript

Roy Cheng Tsung portrait

Chinese New Year

An excerpt from Beyond Lowu Bridge by Roy Cheng Tsung to commemorate the Chinese New Year. 
6 minutes | Transcript

Hands working clay

Valentine’s Day

Three poems about love, from Sheila Golburgh Johnson, Virginia Anderson and Ebby Malmgren.
6 minutes | Transcript

Groundhog Day

Three poems about animals that generally stay out of sight during the winter, by Lisa Bellamy, Judith Bernal and Stuart Chalfant. 
7 minutes | Transcript

Painting of a cardinal

Covid

Three poems from Passager writers Anita Mewherter (2018 Open Issue), Pilar Saavedra-Vela and Rex Wilder (2020 Poetry Contest Issue). 
5 minutes | Transcript

Martin Luther King Jr. Issue cover

MLK

Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King with pieces by Margaret Rozga and Eugenia Collier, from Passager’s special Martin Luther King issue, published in 2008.
6 minutes | Transcript

Painting by Steve Matanle, white stripes over colored ones

The Quarantine 15

Three poems about food, by Miles Coon (2010 Passager Poetry Contest), Peter Harris (2012 Passager Open Issue) and Shirley J. Brewer (A Little Breast Music).
6 minutes | Transcript

Joyce Abell portrait

New Orleans Bound

Excerpts of an essay by Virginia writer Joyce Abell, from her memoir Prickly Roses, published by Passager Books in 2017. Meet Abell in a video interview.
7 minutes | Transcript

Painted black circle on white canvas

It Pleases Me No End

Three poems to celebrate the season, from Steve Matanle (Nightbook), Sarah Yerkes (Days of Blue and Flame), and Jean L. Connor (A Cartography of Peace). 
7 minutes | Transcript

Sean Padraic McCarthy portrait

Christmas

Excerpts of “An Empty Sky,” a short story by Massachusetts writer Sean Padraic McCarthy  from the 2020 Open issue of Passager.
6 minutes | Transcript

Roy Cheng Tsung portrait

Trying to Come Home

Excerpt of a memoir by Chinese-American writer Roy Cheng Tsung, from his new book Ox Horn Bend, just released from Passager Books.
6 minutes | Transcript

Kathy Mangan and Harry Bauld portraits

Hunger & Faith

Two poems by poets Kathy Mangan (Taproot, 2019) and Harry Bauld (The Uncorrected Eye, 2018).
6 minutes | Transcript

Thanksgiving

Excerpts from Illinois writer Julie McCracken’s memoir “Lord, Please Let Me Live Until Strawberry Season,” published in Passager in 1992.
5 minutes | Transcript

Pam Kress-Dunn portrait

Battered Wife

Excerpts from Iowa writer Pam Kress-Dunn’s memoir “Love and Fury in a Plastic Box,” from the 2019 Passager Open Issue.
5 minutes | Transcript

Robert Strout portrait

Lizzie the Coyote

Excerpt of an essay by Oaxaca writer Robert Joe Stout called “Laughing at the Moon,” published in the 2017 Open Issue of Passager.
5 minutes | Transcript

Gilbert Arzola and Harry Bauld

Back to School

Two poems by New York poet Harry Bauld from his book, The Uncorrected Eye, and Indiana poet Gilbert Arzola, from his book, Prayers of Little Consequence.
6 minutes | Transcript

Liz Abrams-Morley portrait

Growing Up in Traumatic Times

A poem by 2020 Passager Poet Liz Abrams-Morley, from the 2020 Passager Poetry Contest issue.
5 minutes | Transcript

Leatha Kendrick and Ruth Mota

Food

Two poems by poets Ruth Mota (2018 Passager Poetry Contest) and Leatha Kendrick (2017 Passager Poetry Contest).
6 minutes | Transcript

Dennis H. Lee portrait

Before you write from the heart

Three poems from New Jersey poet Dennis H. Lee, 2020 winner of the Henry Morgenthau III First Book Poetry Prize for his collection, Tidal Wave.
5 minutes | Transcript

Anhalt at protest

Remembering Life in Mexico

Two poems from Georgia poet Diana Anhalt, from her book Because There Is No Return, published by Passager Books in 2015.
4 minutes | Transcript

Stephen Dixon self-portrait

An Interpretation of Dreams

Excerpts of a short story by Baltimore writer Stephen Dixon from the 2016 Passager Open Issue.
5 minutes | Transcript

Wilderness Sarchild portrait

The Approximate Weight of My Responsibility

Two poems by Cape Cod poet Wilderness Sarchild, from her book Old Women Talking, published by Passager Books in 2017.
5 minutes | Transcript

Henry Morgenthau III portrait

The Last Act

Two poems by D.C. poet Henry Morgenthau III from his book, A Sunday in Purgatory, published by Passager Books in 2016.
3 minutes | Transcript

Holding On

Excerpts of a memoir by Massachusetts writer Lynette Benton from the 2020 Passager Open Issue.
5 minutes | Transcript

Moira Egan portrait

Insomnia

A poem by Baltimore native Moira Egan, from her book Hot Flash Sonnetspublished by Passager Books in 2014.
3 minutes | Transcript

Persecution

Excerpt of a memoir by Chinese-American writer Roy Cheng Tsung, from his book Beyond Lowu Bridge, published by Passager Books in 2014.
4 minutes | Transcript

Joe Harrison and Faye Ashby portraits

Lyric Compression

Two poems by Baltimore poets Joseph Harrison (2020 Passager Open Issue) and Fay Ashby (2019 Passager Poetry Contest).
4 minutes | Transcript

Nancy Kelton portrait

Eye Openers

Excerpt of a memoir by New York writer Nancy Davidoff Kelton, from her book Finding Mr. Rightstein, published by Passager Books in 2016.
4 minutes | Transcript

Kathy Mangan portrait

The Redeemed

A poem by Baltimore poet Kathy Mangan, from her book Taprootpublished by Passager Books in 2019.
3 minutes | Transcript

After Vacationing in Maine

Two poems by Vermont poet Jean L. Connor, from her book A Cartography of Peace, published by Passager Books in 2005.
4 minutes | Transcript

Andrew Brown portrait

The Chugalug King Goes Down the Road

Excerpts from Baltimore writer Andrew Brown, from his book The Chugalug King & Other Stories, published by Passager Books in 2016. Meet Brown in a video interview.
4 minutes | Transcript

Sarah Yerkes portrait

Pygmalion and Galatea

A poem by Washington, DC poet Sarah Yerkes, from her book Days of Blue and Flame, published by Passager Books in 2019. Meet Yerkes in a video interview.
5 minutes | Transcript

In the Fields

A poem by Indiana writer Gilbert Arzola, from his book Prayers of Little Consequence, published by Passager Books in 2020. Meet Arzola in a short video interview.
3 minutes | Transcript

Joyce Abell portrait

How I Got to College

Excerpt of a memoir by Virginia writer Joyce Abell, from her book Prickly Roses, published by Passager Books in 2017. Meet Abell in a video interview.
4 minutes | Transcript

Larnell Custis Butler self-portrait

Pie Maker Ellen Emily Matthew

Two poems by Baltimore artist and poet Larnell Custis Butler, from her book Improvise in the Amen Corner, published by Passager Books in 2007.
3 minutes | Transcript

Tillie Friedenberg portrait

To My Fellow Poets

Excerpts of an essay from Baltimore poet Tillie Friedenberg, who wrote in 2008 about joining the protest movement in the 60s, published in the Martin Luther King Jr. issue of Passager.
4 minutes | Transcript

Shirley Brewer portrait

Give Me Liberace or Give Me Death

Two poems by Baltimore poet Shirley Brewer, from her book A Little Breast Music, published by Passager Books in 2008.
3 minutes | Transcript



Special thanks to artist Amanda Wrigley for the use of her painting for Burning Bright’s logo image.