Alexandra Popoff was born and educated in Moscow. In her early journalistic career she wrote for the national newspaper The Literary Gazette. As an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow in 1991 she published her articles and reviews in The Philadelphia Inquirer. After marrying a Canadian journalist in 1992, she settled in Saskatchewan. Incidentally, this province was the place of original migration and settlement of the Russian Doukhobors, her husband’s ancestors. Tolstoy, who shared their pacifism, had sponsored their emigration to Canada at the end of the nineteenth century.
Popoff has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and written articles for scholarly journals. Her graduate degrees in literature were earned in Moscow, Toronto, and Saskatchewan.