Hello! My name is Leah Mell, and I’m a current undergraduate student at Davidson College in North Carolina, majoring in English and Russian Language & Literature. I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I primarily write poems, but work in literary analysis and criticism, as well. I completed an 8-week full immersion program during the summer of 2017 at the Middlebury College Summer Language School and travelled abroad to Saint Petersburg on the Bard Smolny Program during the fall of 2017. I have achieved an advanced-low proficiency in Russian, according to the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. I am now exploring literary translation and am especially interested in the work of contemporary Russian female poets. In my senior year, I plan on completing two honors theses in English and Russian: a creative thesis of original poetry and a thesis of poetry translation. In general, the themes of love (and loss thereof), history, and violence inform my creative and analytical writing. I find solace and inspiration in F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anne Carson, Margaret Atwood, Ocean Vuong, Mina Loy, and W. B. Yeats. After graduation, I plan on pursuing on MFA in poetry.
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