Russian poet Ella V. Kirillova was born in the Ukrainian city of Horlivka in the Donetsk region. She spent her childhood in Ukraine, where she studied at state school and music school, specializing in piano. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, and has later on completed professional retraining in Psychological Counselling and Psycho-Diagnostics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. She began her scientific career at the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A. S. Pushkin. Ella has been writing poetry since childhood. A more serious attitude toward the art of poetry developed when her first book, "Embracing the Sun", was published in 2008 giving a start to further cooperation with the Publishing House "Spetskniga", Moscow. In the same year the second book, “The Lion's Rhapsody", was released and published under the pseudonym Kira Ellinskaya. Her next poetry book, "Is My Life... ", was awarded a Special Prize at the "Best Books and Publishers in 2009” 8th National Contest (founded by the Russian Biographical Institute, the Russian State Library, “The Literaturnaya Gazeta” weekly, and "The Order” Cultural and Educational Centre.) In 2012, Ella published a book entitled "The Night of Revelation" illustrated by the Honored Artist of Russia B. V. Kunin and at the end of 2015 – "An Unidentified Autumn " was published both in Russian and English (including an original translation by the author). Currently, Ella is collating a book that will contain selected poems from the past years as well as new previously unreleased ones.
Language Skills: Ukrainian, Russian and English.
Highest Education Achievement: PhD in Philosophical Science.
Other Achievements: Member of the Union of Writers of Russia.
Awards from the Moscow Department of the Union of Russian Writers including the “Aleksander Griboyedov” Medal of Merit and an Honorary Diploma of M. Y. Lermontov Contest, "All Russia remembers not in vain", along with the "M. Y. Lermontov, 1814-1841" commemorative medal.