Coffee With Kenobi, your source for Star Wars discussion, analysis, and rhetoric, is the award-winning podcast that analyzes the saga in a whole new way. Since May of 2013, CWK has discussed the mythology of Star Wars from a place of intelligence and humor. Hosted by educator, writer, speaker, and Star Wars expert, Dan Z, the family-friendly show was named Fan’s Choice in the 2016 Star Wars podcast awards, and also features a blog, YouTube channel, and a family of shows that bring insights and analysis not found anywhere else.
Each week, Dan Z is joined by two new co-hosts in the Star Wars community, as they cover the latest news, collectibles, and fan events while staying free from rumors and hyperbolic journalism. CWK also speaks with the actors, authors, podcasters, bloggers, and creators of the franchise through interviews and discussion.
Coffee With Kenobi is the first Star Wars fan podcast to be Twitter verified and was the first ever podcast to broadcast live at a Star Wars Celebration. The show has been featured in StarWars.com, The Hollywood Reporter, HuffPost, and Peoria Journal Star. Whether you love the Star Wars films, animated shows, books, comics, or collectibles, CWK has something for you. This is the podcast you’re looking for!
About Dan Z
Dan Zehr (Host; Senior Writer; Marketing and Media Manager)
Dan Z is the Host and driving force behind Coffee With Kenobi. He is a Feature Blog Contributor for Star Wars.com, as well as a writer for IGN, and is an occasional contributor to Star Wars Insider. He launched Coffee With Kenobi with co-creator and award-winning designer, Cory Clubb, in 2013, and is a prominent influencer in Star Wars fandom. He is also a prolific high school educator, who teaches Literature and Composition, and has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning.
His work combining Star Wars and education garnered him a role in the Target Rogue One Star Wars commercial, as well as profiles in the HuffPost and Illinois State University’s Statewide Standard. As a featured educator and Star Wars personality, Dan Z is also a recognized keynote speaker, host, and presenter. He was a consultant for Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars books and wrote an article for Star Wars Celebration Orlando’s Commemorative Program. He has appeared on panels at Star Wars Celebration and travels the world covering Star Wars products and events. Dan Z resides in Illinois with his wife and three boys.
About Cory Clubb
Cory Clubb (Co-Creator; Former Co-host; Senior Designer)
Star Wars has been a passion in my life ever since first playing with my cousin’s Kenner action figures and watching the films on VHS recorded from TV. As a writer and graphic designer, I look at the saga from a storytelling, imaginative standpoint. Through our discussion with fellow fans, social media, and creators, I find it holds the power to spark inspiration and perspective. Something I can pass on to my own children for a whole new generation of Star Wars fans.
In my free time, I enjoy writing young adult novels and spending time with my family. I also like movies, comics, and Star Wars; oh, maybe I already mentioned that.
About Rob Wainfur
Rob was lucky enough to watch Star Wars for the first time way back in ’77. That viewing changed his life, craving Sci-fi, and cinema excellence ever since. He soon realized that Steven Spielberg, John Williams and of course George Lucas were the men to turn to. He felt a website celebrating their works was needed.
Working in the I.T. environment by day (he considers himself a welsh Chief O’Brien) by night he turns to his love for all things geeky (and his wife, Rachel.) He considers it a real honour to be asked by Coffee With Kenobi to be a contributor to their consistently brilliant show.
About Lisa Dullard
Lisa has been a Star Wars fan since her Dad took her to see the first film way back in 1977. She was eight years old and it had a HUGE impact on her life. She loves everything about that galaxy far, far away — and she is a big fan of the Expanded Universe (or Legends, as it’s now known) as well as the growing official canon. She’s also been known to collect an item or two (or three or four… or more). Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Cassian Andor, Kanan Jarrus, and Jyn Erso are her Top 5 favorite characters. As far as films go, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and Return of the Jedi are her Top 3. It gets a bit tougher to decide after that, so don’t make her choose. She is really looking forward to Solo!
Contact Lisa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Coffee With Kenobi’s Family Network of Shows
In addition to Coffee With Kenobi, CWK’s family of shows includes Legends Library, Rebels Reactions, Comics With Kenobi, and Lattes With Leia Each podcast focusses on specific aspects of Star Wars conversation and incorporates fan feedback and interaction.
About Comics With Kenobi (Co-Hosts of Comics With Kenobi: Jeff McGee and Matt Moore)
Jeff McGee (Monthly Blogger)
Jeff is a corporate drone by day, but by night (and by the weekend) he pursues a variety of passions, including acting, singing, toy collecting, podcasting, and now, thanks to Coffee With Kenobi, he can add “blogging” to that list. In the podcasting world, he can be heard on Assembly of Geeks and on his own podcast network, MarvinDog Media where he hosts and produces Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff (about your favorite childhood toys), The Pilot Episode (about your favorite television shows) and Bantha Banter: A Star Wars Chat Show (the content of which should be fairly evident by the title). He also co-hosts Comics With Kenobi with Matt Moore
Jeff has been an avid toy collector ever since he became an avid Star Wars junkie in 1980 when his brother took him to see The Empire Strikes Back for the first time. Since then, Jeff has made a habit of acquiring every Star Wars-themed item he can find and seeing the 2nd film in any trilogy before he sees the 1st. That last part has always kind of happened by accident, but he’s decided it’s now his “thing.”
Jeff prefers to find positivity and humor in everything, so you can expect his blog to have a light touch, and hopefully more than a few laughs, while also making some points that may actually make sense! Pod On, and May The Force Be With Us All!!!
Matt has been a part of the Star Wars mythology since seeing Episode IV at a Kentucky Drive-In, sitting on the hood of his aunt’s Dodge Dart, mouthing every line of the film as it unspooled, projected onto that enormous screen back in 1979. Granted, he was aware of it in 1977, but living in Germany never got to see it. That didn’t stop his mom from buying the Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 action figures in a small German village along the river Rhine.
Now, so many years later, he’s introduced that universe to his 8-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.
Matt has spent 31 years working as a reporter and editor, covering events around the world. Star Wars has always been a constant. Now, he combines it, along with his lifelong love for comic books, to write about how they intertwine anew. He also discusses those titles, and more, every couple of weeks with Jeff McGee on Comics With Kenobi, the podcast devoted to Star Wars comics.
Contact Matt on Twitter @Guerrillascribe
About Lattes With Leia (Co-hosts: Amy Ratcliffe and Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D.)
Amy is a freelance pop culture reporter, drinker of coffee, and a Star Wars and Disney enthusiast. She likes inhaling Dole Whip floats, watching far too much television, and taking long walks on Main Street USA. She contributes to sites such as Nerdist, StarWars.com, Comic Book Resources, and IGN and to Star Wars Insider magazine.
Contact Amy on Twitter @amy_geek
Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D.,
Drea is a licensed psychologist, educator, and public speaker. She has written about the psychological themes found in comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy for sites such as Comics Alliance, The Guardian and The Hollywood Reporter. She co-hosts The Arkham Sessions, a weekly podcast dedicated to the psychology of Batman: The Animated Series. Her drink of choice is a double vanilla latte.
Contact Andrea on Twitter @ArkhamAsylumDoc
Contact Amy and Andrea at email@example.com
About Legends Library (Co-hosts of Legends Library: Luke Seitters and Randy Therio)
Hello Everyone! My name is Luke Seitters, I grew up in Portland, Michigan and at age twenty decided to enlist in the United States Air Force. Ultimately ending up in Arizona I met my friend and co-host Randy at Crossings Church. Randy and I started having weekly Star Wars discussions over coffee at Barnes & Noble and soon after Legends Library was created (could it be destiny that Legends Library started over coffee?). I have a wonderful wife named Danielle and three daughters, Alydia, Leilah, and Mara-Jade. I still can’t believe my wife let me name our youngest daughter Mara-Jade, how lucky am I? I currently live in Prescott, Arizona and work for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
I have a deep affinity for the Legends line of Star Wars books because it helped form my fandom into what it is today. While they may not be “canon” what would Star Wars be without Grand Admiral Thrawn (now canon), Karrde, Mara Jade, Darth Bane (book series), Darth Revan, and the Solo twins! I am also a huge fan of the Knights of the Old Republic video game series and Star Wars Galaxies (RIP).
Contact Luke on Twitter at @LSeitters6
Randy saw Star Wars in the theater when he was about 5 years old. He recalls,“It is the earliest memory I have of my childhood.” His passion for Star Wars has only grown since that night. Randy is the savvy veteran on the squad, having read most of the Star Wars books that have been published. So very grateful for Del Rey, who have launched this amazing galaxy of imagination far beyond the silver screen, he looks forward to every new book that is published. Randy does have his favorites and not so favorites, but you have to listen to the show for details. He encourages, “Thank you all for listing, keep reading and MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!”
Contact Randy and Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Rebels Reactions (Host of Rebels Reactions and Monthly Blogger: Aaron Harris)
Aaron was a fan of Star Wars as a kid and like many, drifted away. Then I went to Star Wars Weekends and my life changed. Disney awakened a long lost passion and the Saga has been a huge part of my life since. Along with my monthly blog, I cover Star Wars events at Disney World in Orlando for Coffee With Kenobi and I am the host of Rebels Reactions.
I’m a huge fan of not only the movies but The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels as well. I’m still trying to work my way through the Legends line of books as well. I’m all about playing mobile games like Uprising.
About CWK’s Newsman
Tom has been the Coffee With Kenobi news man on the podcast since May of 2017. The Star Wars story caught his imagination since he first saw Star Wars with his grandmother in 1977. He has a well played with childhood collection of Kenner action figures and ships that he pulls out and plays with his two daughters from time-to-time. Tom is an avid road cyclist and advocate for cycling. He is often found either watching a Cubs game or reading Marvel comics including, of course, all the Star Wars titles as well as Spider Man among others. On top of all that, Tom love’s table-top gaming. He is often the Dungeon Master for a Dungeons and Dragons game, but he loves playing Star Wars based games like X-Wing and Star Wars Destiny. During the day, Tom is a school librarian and places a special focus on Star Wars in his practice as he annually plans a Star Wars Reads Day community event and a May the Fourth Be With You school event. He has presented at numerous library conferences about infusing Star Wars and the connectability across generations into library programming.
Being a member of the Coffee With Kenobi family is such an honor to him, and a way to bring 40 years of Star Wars fandom to life. It also gives him a way to put an old college degree in radio broadcasting to use (thanks mom and dad!).
About CWK’s Star Wars Video Game Aficionado
Nick is one of those lucky people who gets to live his passions through work and play. At a young age he was introduced to Star Wars via bootleg VHS tapes in the late 1980s, however not knowing until years later ROTJ came after ANH! The story of the Jedi, selflessness, and compassion for the greater good from the Rebellion, instilled in him the values to make a career out of public service. Nick has been involved with nonprofits via volunteerism, internships, board service and employment for close to two decades in North Carolina. Currently, he runs an environmental education program through AmeriCorps, our domestic Jedi program!
Nick has been a diehard fan Star Wars since those VHS tapes, with many people not surprised his kids’ names are inspired by Star Wars (or Battlestar) characters. He’s read (almost) all the EU/Legends Library books, collected figures from Episode I-VII, with his prized possessions being a game worn R2-D2 Durham Bulls uniform and custom art done by his AmeriCorps members.
Remember, always let the Wookiee win!
Reach him on Twitter @NickDiCo
About our Feature Blogger
Melinda Wolf (Monthly Blogger)
What an awesome surprise it was the day I opened my email program to find an invitation from Dan and Cory to be a regular contributor on their website! The chance to write about Star Wars? Pass it up? Not in a million years could I!
I’ve been a Star Wars fan since the space fantasy burst on the scene in 1977. I still can remember waiting in long lines to see the film over and over and over again. While Star Wars is one of my passions, it by no means is the only one. At a young age, I knew I wanted to be a writer, which led me down the path to become a journalist. Now, I get to mesh two of my passions right here! I hope you’ll enjoy reading my musings.
Besides writing and Star Wars, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two grown daughters, reading, crafting, watching movies, music, and hanging out with friends and family (even those who don’t have a penchant for Star Wars. 😉 ). Truth be told, my interests are … well, too many to mention. These are some of my favorites.
About our Bloggers (in alphabetical order)
Mike Audette (Monthly Blogger)
Michael Audette is a lowly accountant and a giant Star Wars fan. After seeing A New Hope on the big screen at seven years old, his life wouldn’t be the same again. Besides his love for Star Wars, Mike is an avid listener of Heavy Metal and can often be spotted at concerts. He’s also a huge Boston sports fan and loves the Bruins over all others. He is a washed up athlete who still goes to the gym every day.
Mediocre Jedi (Bi-monthly Blogger)
Like you, I’m a fan of a little space movie about some wars. I use my knowledge of the Force daily and am busy training my Padawan son to do the same. I love the outdoors, brew my own kombucha, meditate daily, make bad puns, and carry my lightsaber nearly everywhere I go. I enjoy all the movies, The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Legends; my nose is frequently buried in a book. I’m particularly fond of Jedi and the spiritual aspects of the Force. I’m also working on a Mandalorian costume and look forward to saying “live Jedi, dress Mando.”
May the Force be with you!
Kristin Baver (Bi-monthly blogger)
Kristin has been a fan of the Star Wars universe since her mother crafted a killer Leia cosplay dress out of a white bed sheet and some hair extensions. (Thanks, Mom!) Maybe it was the feeling of getting to see the films on the theater for the first time in 1997 with the release of the Special Editions. Maybe it was the Kenner toys leading to endless hours of storytelling play. Maybe it was the way she carried around her fan club membership card in her wallet as if someone were going to challenge her nerd street cred and throw down for an epic trivia battle. Whatever the reason, her unconditional love for the saga has persisted.
Kristin has been a professional journalist for over a decade, most recently dabbling in side projects as a young adult book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and a contributor to StarWars.com, where she writes about Most Impressive Fans and other topics. Her desk is still covered with a menagerie of action figures.
Becca Benjamin (Monthly Blogger)
Jason Brame (Monthly Blogger)
For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of epics and story universes. I’ve engrossed myself in the multi-timelines of The Legend of Zelda, the many generations of Star Trek, and the epic Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star Wars, however, is the first world I dove into head first to explore all corners. From the Decipher Customizable Card Game to the various stories in the Legends world, I was in it from a very young age.
Even in times when my involvement with Star Wars was minimal, I always set aside time to watch the films through at least twice a year. Now, with so much new content guided into one solid universe by the Lucasfilm Story Group, my excitement and energy is as high as it’s ever been, and I am excited to contribute to Coffee With Kenobi.
Visit Star Wars: The Canon Explained, a YouTube channel where I explore of the individual stories of the Star Wars canon. You can contact me on Twitter @StarWarsTCE or email me: email@example.com.
There are stories about what happened… #itstrueallofit
Pam Bruchwalski (Bi-monthly Blogger)
Pam’s fascination with Darth Vader and his galaxy far, far away began in a darkened theater in May of 1977. While most everyone cheered the rebel heroes at A New Hope’s end, she couldn’t stop thinking about the frightening heavy breather in the black suit who had ricocheted into space just moments before. She’s had a deep connection to the Star Wars saga ever since. Writing about her life through its framework is a thrill. A late bloomer, she graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2014 with a Humanities degree in Writing, Literature, and Religious Studies, and has been reading/editing for an online literary journal since then. She has been married for over three decades and has five children to show for it. Some of them “get” her passionate geekiness and some don’t, but everyone knows how important her many fandoms are to her.
Craig Dickinson (Weekly reviews of Star Wars Rebels)
Craig has been a Star Wars fan since he saw The Empire Strikes Back as a four-year-old in 1980. As an English/History teacher and member of the Rogues of Star Wars in the Classroom, he now shares his passion for Star Wars with his students and fellow educators. Craig was a featured guest on Episode 9 of “Coffee with Kenobi,”where he discussed his Star Wars teaching practices and thoughts on the saga’s viewing order and has also made appearances on the podcasts Star Wars Kidscast and Full of Sith.
Craig is a National Board certified teacher, has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and is a huge fan of literature, comics and movies.
James Howell, aka YHOP (Occasional Blogger)
James is a hard working Blackjack Dealer by day and a lazy aspiring author by night. Besides his love for STAR WARS, he has an unhealthy amount of love for GREMLINS, metal detecting and graveyard artwork.
Contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Keithly (Monthly Blogger)
Dennis’s passion for Star Wars was born at an early age. At the age of three, his father took him to see Star Wars as his first ever movie theater experience, and he fell asleep half way through. That was the first of countless viewings of what would later become known as A New Hope. Ever since then, Star Wars has been a huge part of his life.
Today, Dennis is a practicing attorney in North Texas, and despite that, he has yet to fall to the dark side. Dennis lives with his wonderful wife, and he is currently instructing and slowly indoctrinating two Padawan boys in the ways of Star Wars and the Force. Besides Star Wars, Dennis enjoys the NHL, football, and studying the NFL draft.
Jay Krebs (Bi-monthly Blogger, and author Core Worlds Couture fashion review blog)
Eric Onkenhout (Monthly Blogger)
Eric Onkenhout is a machinist 8 hours a day but a Star Wars fan for life. Eric is an aspiring writer who attends Southern New Hampshire University, will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing-Fiction, and is in the early stages of writing his first novel. Eric has blogged at one time or another for thecantinacast.net, thebeardedtrio.com, beltwaybanthas.com, Bombad Radio, and is currently doing reviews for bigshinyrobot.com, and is a monthly contributor for coffeewithkenobi.com. Eric has been a huge Star Wars fan his entire life, and is also an enthusiast of classic science movies and books. He is an avid reader, and is the proud owner of a pretty cool Star Wars collection.
Contact Joe at email@example.com
Ryder Waldron (Monthly Blogger)
As a lifelong Star Wars fan, Ryder was drawn to Coffee With Kenobi because he really enjoys critical analysis and breakdown of the saga. Ryder is Rogue 74 with Star Wars in the Classroom, and while being a dentist for 15 years he uses Star Wars to teach oral hygiene to elementary school children. He is one of the co-hosts of Idiot’s Array, a Star Wars podcast, and the Dental Realist Podcast. Ryder is also a co-author of So You Want To Be A Dentist? and So Now You’re A Dentist? books aimed at helping new and future dentists have a more enjoyable career. His favorite movie is The Empire Strikes Back and it is the first Star Wars movie he can remember seeing in theaters. Besides Star Wars, Ryder also loves sports, especially basketball, and has an amazing wife who is very supportive of his fandom, and three great boys who join in it with him.
James Worthington (Monthly Blogger)
James has been married to Liane, his college sweetheart, since 1999. That’s when all the fun began. In fact, their honeymoon ended with a viewing of The Phantom Menace on opening night. He has better memories of that evening than she does. He was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and she is from New Jersey. Together they have three children, the older two being teenagers now. He is the priest at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, a young mission parish in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. By way of hobbies and interests, James is completely enthralled with the Star Wars universe, an avid yet amateur genealogist and committed sports fan.