Michael Bennett
Music Director

Marie Brown

John DaCosta
Technical Director

Kwame Dawes
Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Justine Henzell
Co-Founder, Producer

William Mahfood

The mission of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust is to transform the literary arts in the Caribbean by being the region’s best-managed producer of workshops, seminars and performances. We will achieve these goals by focusing on our audiences, managing our budget, creating a community of supporters in the media, government, business, the performing arts, philanthropic organizations and publishing, and by becoming the festival of choice for the world’s most gifted authors.


Calabash needs your support

Calabash International Literary Festival Trust holds to the philosophy that all those who have enjoyed the festival and share in the vision for the festival, regardless of their background, income level or position in society, are our potential patrons of the arts. No amount is too small or too great as a gesture of support and patronage.

The Trust relies on donations and grants in order to fulfill its mission and you can securely and easily assist the cause by clicking on the Donate button below.

The Calabash International Literary Festival Trust is a registered charity in Jamaica and the Friends of the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust is a 501 3 c organization in New York State.

Your contribution will be greatly appreciated.