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

Read to you by our host Jon Shorr.



The price of dowry and passage, with pieces by Gavin Kayner and Renny Golden.

8 minutes | Transcript


Cooking and expectation, with pieces by Maureen Hossbacher, Jim Taylor and Larnell Custis Butler.

7 minutes | Transcript


How we experience time, with poems by Steve Matanle, Diana Anhalt, Jennifer Burd and Sarah Yerkes.

6 minutes | Transcript

Veterans Day

The people that survived, with pieces by James McGrath and Mark G. Carter.

6 minutes | Transcript

Things in Trees

Apples, birds and wishes, with poems by Jean Connor, Fran Markover, Pat Anthony and Jennifer Wallace.

7 minutes | Transcript


Unexpected destinations, with poems by Roger Pfingston, John Hovde, Jesse Arthur Stone and Shirley Brewer.
6 minutes | Transcript


Churches and change, with pieces by Amy Gottfried and Sharon Doyle.
5 minutes | Transcript


Masks: literal and metaphorical, with pieces by Miriam Karmel, Art Cohen, Ruth Beker and Henry Morgenthau III.
7 minutes | Transcript

Gail DiMaggio portrait

2021 Passager Poet

Highlighting the 2021 Passager Poet Gail DiMaggio with two of her contest-winning “mettas.”
6 minutes | Transcript

2021 Contest Issue

Four poems from the new poetry contest issue, by Marie Fochios, Gail Newman, Colleen Anderson and Jan Mordenski. 
7 minutes | Transcript


Memories of young passion, with poems by Victoria Korth and Kathy Mangan, and in honor of National Cooking Day – a poem by Ruth Mota.
7 minutes | Transcript


Two pieces sort of about music, by Donna Pucciani and Timothy Reilly.
6 minutes | Transcript


Football, Grandparents Day and Rosh Hashanah, with poems by Gilbert Arzola, Liliane Roy Anders and Fran Markover.
5 minutes | Transcript

Puttin’ It All on Hold

Summer break, with poems by Jennifer Wallace and Judith Arcana.
5 minutes | Transcript

Poems or Girdles?

Two form poems, by Antoinette Kennedy and Lynn Dizard.
6 minutes | Transcript

You Can Count On It

Three pieces about numbers from Wilderness Sarchild, Christine O’Connor and Marie Anderson.
7 minutes | Transcript

Classical Surprises

Detention, indigestion, and other muses with pieces by Leon Arden and Dennis H. Lee. 
5 minutes | Transcript

4th of July

Two very different takes on fireworks, with pieces by Jack Ritter and Victoria Wyatt. 
6 minutes | Transcript


This episode celebrates Juneteenth, with pieces by Mary Carter Smith, Lucille Clifton and Larnell Custis Butler. 
6 minutes | Transcript

Father’s Day

Four pieces about fathers and food, by Ruth Holzer, Greg Moglia, Shirley J. Brewer and Roy Cheng Tsung.
6 minutes | Transcript

The 17-Year Locusts

Ok, not locusts — cicadas! If you’re in much of the eastern part of the United States these days, you’ve probably had the mixed blessing of dodging them, stepping on them, listening to them, and sticking their shells to your nose or eyebrows. Poems by Sophia Rivkin, Mary Azrael and Barbara Crooker. 
6 minutes | Transcript

First Anniversary

A look back to Passager’s beginnings back in 1990, with poems by former US Poet Laureate Josephine Jacobsen and Judson Jerome.
5 minutes | Transcript

Memorial Day

Views of becoming a soldier, living through war and remembering with pieces by James P. Hanley, Tom Buchanan and Pantea Amin Tofangchi.
6 minutes | Transcript

Guys and Sports

A look at sports and fans, with pieces by Bill Smoot, Gilbert Arzola and Kathy Mangan.
6 minutes | Transcript

Immigrants: What We Carry With Us

On this episode, the old country and the new country, with pieces by Diana Anhalt, Zeina Azzam and Judith Krummeck. 
6 minutes | Transcript

Painting of elderly woman, hiding a smirk with her hand

Mother’s Day

Four poems paying tribute to our mothers, by Wilderness Sarchild, Mary Lou Rife, Diana Morley and Ilene Millman.
6 minutes | Transcript


Some tree poems to bridge Earth Day and Arbor Day, from Constance Quarterman Bridges, Michael Fulop and Kendra Kopelke. 
5 minutes | Transcript

Shakespeare doll holding sign that says "Burning Bright!"

Shakespeare’s Birthday

Celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday with four pieces about writing, by Sarah Yerkes, Ruth Moose, Elizabeth Kerlikowske and James McGrath. 
6 minutes | Transcript

More from the New Issue!

Two more pieces from the new Passager Open Issue, from Marc Morgenstern and Anne Sheldon.
6 minutes | Transcript

1992 Poetry Contest Issue cover

Poetry Contest

Passager’s annual poetry contest closes April 15. On this episode, poems from past Poetry Contest issues.
6 minutes | Transcript

Bea Epstein portrait


To mark the beginning of baseball season, an excerpt of “Striking Out” by Bea Epstein from the 2013 Passager Open Issue.
5 minutes | Transcript

abstract mixed media painting with twine and acrylic


Four pieces celebrating Spring, the season of hope, by Kathy Mangan (Taproot), John L. Wright (2021 Passager Open Issue), Jean L. Connor (A Hinge of Joy) and Helen Vo-Dinh (2007 Passager Open Issue). 
6 minutes | Transcript

colorful overlapping kaleidoscope images

Women’s History Month

Three poems for Women’s History Month, by MaryAnn Miller and Ellen Schmidt (2018 Passager Poetry Contest) and Mary Stone Hanley (2017 Passager Poetry Contest).
6 minutes | Transcript

Basquiat style painting, mixed media


Some poems inspired by jazz and jazz musicians, from Harry Bauld (The Uncorrected Eye), Steve Matanle (Nightbook) and John Glowney (2020 Passager Poetry Contest).
6 minutes | Transcript

Detail of a painting. Geometric shapes in red, orange and pink

Poetic Forms

Examples of three specific poetic forms, with poems by Philip Allen (2021 Open Issue), Sarah Yerkes (Days of Blue and Flame) and Clarinda Harriss (2018 Open Issue).
6 minutes | Transcript

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.