Elena Stokes biography

Elena Stokes, A&S '96
Founder, Partner Wunderkind PR

Elena launched Wunderkind PR in September 2008 with the philosophy that serious experience and personal attention are the key to great publicity results. Wunderkind PR works closely with publishers, authors, PR agencies, and communications companies to carefully tailor book publicity plans to produce the best possible results.

Elena arrived at Tor and Forge Books, Macmillan, after working for The Fulbright Commission in London and writing advertising copy for New York area radio. Elena worked at Macmillan for over a decade and during her last five years at Macmillan, she served as Director of Publicity for the Tor, Forge, Starscape, Tor Teen, Paranormal Romance and Seven Seas Manga imprints. She has worked extensively with many different genres including science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thrillers, horror, women's fiction, westerns, and non-fiction titles.

As Publicity Director, Elena created and directed publicity strategies for some of the bestselling authors in publishing including Dune authors Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson and #1 New York Times bestselling Wheel of Time series author Robert Jordan. She also worked closely with high profile authors such as Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, fashion icon Elsa Klensch, and meteorologist Bill Evans.

Elena graduated magna cum laude from The Johns Hopkins University and has her Masters degree in Linguistics and Anthropology from New York University.