She was born in a family of musicians.
In the winter of 1942, together with her family, she was evacuated to the North Caucasus. E. Nikolaeva came to Karelia in 1947.
In 1947 she graduated from school in Sortavala.
In 1956, she graduated from the Moscow Textile College, worked at an artificial fiber factory in the Leningrad region.
In Petrozavodsk, she worked as a typist, laboratory assistant, salesman, employee of the newspapers Leninskaya Pravda, Komsomolets, head of the poetry department of the magazine Sever.
In 1970, she graduated in absentia from the Faculty of History and Philology of Petrozavodsk State University.
As a student of a technical school, she won literary competitions several times. She was a member of the literary association of V. F. Morozov.
Her first published poem was "This happiness", published in the newspaper "Komsomolets" in 1958. The works of Elena Nikolaeva were published in collective collections, in the magazines "Neva", "Murzilka", "Worker", "North", "Punalippu". The first collection of poems "Guest from youth" was published in 1971.
The poetess is also known as a children's poet: in 2006, her book of poems for children "Fireflies" was recognized as the winner of the literary competition of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Karelia.
For many years she collaborated with the National Theater of the Republic of Karelia, she wrote lyrics for six performances.
Composer G. Sardarov wrote the suite "Native Expanses" on the poems of the poetess, composer G. Vavilov wrote several songs.
Translated from Karelian and Finnish a number of works by poets Yakov Rugoev, Nikolai Laine, Taisto Summanen, Sally Lund, Aku-Kimmo Ripatti.
She translated into Russian the works of poets of the Komi Republic, Belarus, Ukraine
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Nikolaeva Elena Mikhailovna, 1936-2011 Russian poets. Karelia
June 19, 2021