Are you a writer? A poet? Someone who loves the culture of cafes and coffee?
The Cafe Poet Program places poets in cafes as ‘poets in residence’ for a six month period. Poets are given space to write and given complimentary tea and/or coffee and have access to a dedicated facebook page to get connected with other poets in the program. In return the cafe gets to be part of this community, promotion on our website and social media and the opportunity to plan events with the poet, enriching the cultural life of the cafe. The number of hours spent in the cafe by the poet is as mutually agreed.
The program began at Australian Poetry in February 2009 and has been a huge success, with poets producing anthologies of their work and taking part in events and readings while reaching out to members of the public who might otherwise not have much exposure to poetry. Last year continued to see the Cafe Poet Program maintaining a strong presence, with around eighty poets participating, and it is on the strength of its growing popularity that we are putting out a call to poets around Australia to join us in 2013.
AP’s National Director, Nell White, says, “The program continues to thrive and recent feedback from cafe staff and poets is always extremely positive. A lot of poetry is being inspired by the cultural setting of a cafe. This program is a way to make poetry public and interactive.”
The Cafe Poets Program is open to Australian Poetry members only. Sign up at: http://www.australianpoetry.org/renew/
If you’d like to be considered for the program, you must submit the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org:
CURRENT CAFE POETS
Jennifer Liston – Evida
Benjamin IQ Sanders – Acustico Melbourne
Craig Kenneth Coulson – The Peddler
Elizabeth Beaton – Bartiste Lounge
Petr Malapanis – Tre Biccheiri
Flora Smith – Old Bakery
Midge Avery- Laundry
Ruari Jack Hughes – La Tropicana