Elena Fanailova (b. 1962, Russia) is a poet, critic and journalist. Was born in Voronezh, Central Russia. She studied medicine and linguistics. For more than 20 years she has worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Fanailova is a broadcaster, special correspondent and a host of the radio program “Liberty in the Clubs”, devoted to modern European and Russian culture and society.
Fanailova’s poems have been published in leading literary magazines in Russia and abroad. Translated into 10 languages, Fanailova is the author of eight poetry books and a winner of several literary awards, including the American Prize for the “Best Translated Book Award For Poetry” 2010 (for The Russian Version, bilingual collection, translated by Genya Turovskaya & Stephanie Sandler). In 2013 she was granted a scholarship in Rome by Joseph Brodsky Memorial Foundation. The collection Lena and the People was published in Rome in 2015, translated and edited by Claudia Skandura.
Fanailova has been a jury member of several prestigious literary awards in Russia. In recent years the area of her professional interest have been Central Europe and Balkans, while during 2012-2018 she focused on Ukraine, being one of the translators of Sergey Zhadan in Russia. Currently lives in Moscow.