Alex Braslavsky earned her B.A. in English Literature and Russian Language and Culture from Columbia University in 2018. As an undergraduate, she began delving into Russian and French poetry and studied abroad in Moscow and Paris. She then went on to complete an M.Phil. degree in Slavonic Studies at Oxford, where she grew interested in metaphysical traditions of Russian poetry and started learning Polish. It was there that she began translating poetry.
Alex has since enrolled in an M.A. program at Middlebury College. She began her doctoral studies at Harvard in 2020, where she has since been studying Czech, in addition to Russian and Polish. She is currently pursuing a secondary field in Comparative Literature and intends to write a comparative dissertation on Russian, Polish, and Czech poets who take hiatus in their careers. She is interested in how a poet’s decision to “self-censor” affects our reception of their oeuvre on an ontological level. Her research interests include Russian Formalism, Slavic and American poetries, the poetics of silence (absence, abstinence, apophasis), metaphysical poetry, feminist theory, and film.