Elena Schmitz has over ten year’s experience of working in the Welsh arts and literature sector and is based in Cardiff.
She is Head of Programmes at Literature Wales and part of the Senior Management Team and has been with the organisation for over seven years.
She has overseen and managed many different literature projects, including the Young People’s Writing Squads, the Dinefwr Literature Festival and the Dylan Thomas Centenary celebrations. She has been involved in a number of international projects and exchanges, most recently a project with Canadian spoken word poet Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali.
She’s particularly interested in developing younger audiences through outreach work and works closely with her colleagues on new forms of engagement, such as developing Youth Slams in South Wales.
Originally from Osnabrueck in North Germany, Elena came to the UK in 2004 as part of her MA in British Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin. Prior to this she gained an MA in English Linguistics/Literature and Communication Studies at Essen University. She has worked for various visual arts organisations in Cardiff before joining Literature Wales, including Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art, Wales Arts International, g39 Gallery and Chapter Arts Centre.
Elena Schmitz appeared at the CROWD INTRE:FACE Conference with the support of the British Council in partnership with Writers’ Centre Norwich, UK as part of the International Literature Showcase.