Elena Fanailova is a poet and journalist.
Born in Voronezh, Central Russia, she is graduate of the Voronezh Medical Institute and theVoronezh State University where she majored in linguistics. Fanailova has worked as a doctor and as a university teacher. Fanailova was a host of the radio program “Libertyin clubs” that covers various topics from the Beslan tragedy to modern Russian culture for Radio Liberty.
Fanailova’s poems have been published in leading literary magazines in Russia and abroad. They are featured in “Contemporary Russian Poetry” (Dalkey Archive, 2008), “The Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets” (University of Iowa Press, 2005) and “Crossing Centuries: the New Generation of Russian Poetry” (Talisman House Publishers, 2000). Published in “Aufgabe” and “Jacket” magazines, New York.
Fanailova is the author of seven poetry books and a winner of the Andrei Bely Award (1999) and the Moscow Score Award (2003).
“The Russian Version” collection, translated by Genya Turovskaya & Stephanie Sandler (Ugly Duckling Presse, New York, 2009), won the “Best Translated Book Award For Poetry” for 2010 (“Three Percent,” a resource and support group for international literature at the University of Rochester).
Currently lives in Moscow.