In return for its hospitality, the cafe becomes part of the poetry community, gets some useful promotion and can plan events with the poet - which could bring in new paying customers.
The program began at Australian Poetry in February 2009. More than sixty poets have been placed in cafes all round Australia since the program kicked off. You can see a list of them online.
Poets should keep an eye on the program as applications for new residencies are advertised through the site.
Strangely enough, it seems that coffee or cafe culture is not conducive to other writers: novelists, dramatists, short fiction writers, you name it. I wouldn't mind writing novels in a cafe that offers complimentary drinks, meals, accomodation, pocket money, travel expenditure, alimony, retirement plans, social welfare... PLEASE HELP AND SAVE IMPOVERISHED WRITERS ! LET'S ALL AGITATE FOR THEM!