The Calabash Café Series

Small groups. Big ideas. No cost.

The Calabash Café Series was introduced in 2009. Part seminar, part grounation and nuff reasoning, the gatherings are designed to be informative, lively and relaxed. If you have an hour to spare and a desire to connect with professional writers and publishers over a drink in the shade then the Café Series is for you.


1:15pm – 2:15pm
The Verandah @ Jakes


Host: Amina Blackwood Meeks

The Moth is an international arts organization that celebrates the human experience through storytelling. For over 25 years, they have been helping empower people to share their stories and build connections with one another through storytelling.

Suzanne Rust and Jodi Powell will share with us how The Moth chooses and guides the over 50,000 true, first person stories told on the award-winning Moth Radio Hour.


1:15pm – 2:15pm
The Verandah @ Jakes


Host: Isis Semaj-Hall

US born, UK based music journalist David Katz has been writing about Jamaica and Jamaican music for decades. His memoir “People Funny Boy” (Omnibus Press, 2006) highlighting the genius of Lee “Scratch” Perry is one example of his work. Music analyst and educator Clyde McKenzie has added author to his list of accomplishments as he penned Copeland Forbes memoir “Reggae My Life Is” (Downsound Books, 2022)

They will give an account of how their very different journeys resulted in two publications featuring important figures in Jamaican music history.

Come and listen. Come and ask.

Seating is limited. No reservations. Free.