Elan Grug Muse

Elan Grug Muse (1993) is a Welsh-language poet, editor, performer and researcher  from the Nantlle Valley in North Wales who lives in Machynlleth. She studied politics at the University of Nottingham and in the Czech Republic. She is one of the editors and founders of  Y Stamp literary magazine and publishers. Her first volume of poetry Ar Ddisberod (Barddas, 2017) was followed by pamphlet Llanw + Gorwel (annibynnol, 2019). Her second volume Merch y Llyn (Cyhoeddiadau’r Stamp 2021) is shortlisted for the Wales Book Of The Year as is .  Her work is published in both Welsh and English language publications such as O’r Pedwar Gwynt, Poetry Wales, Panorama: the journal of intelligent travel, and in anthologies such as When they start to love you as a machine you should run (New River Press, 2019), Cheval 11 (Parthian, 2018) and Cyfrol Gŵyl y Ferch (Gŵyl y Ferch, 2019). She works across many art forms – prose, poetry and performance – to name a few. She has recently submitted her PhD thesis on Welsh travel writing written about Latin America, funded by the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Celtic Studies. She is one of the editors of Welsh (Plural): Essays on the Future of Wales (Repeater Books, 2021). As a Ulysses’ Shelter particpant she worked on a series of literary essays and vignettes meditating on the nature of observing and the observed in photography, with a focus on place. Her first residency was on the island of Mljet (Croatia) in March 2020, her second in Larissa (Greece) in August 2021 and her third in Belgrade in April 2022.

Read Grug’s Notes From Isolation here