Belkis Barrios was raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where she completed studies in journalism and worked at several media enterprises. In 2002 she traveled to Toronto, Canada, where she earned a BA in Hispanic Studies and a certificate in English-Spanish translation. She taught Spanish to adults of several proficiency levels and worked as a translator for the Faculty of Evironmental Studies at York University. She also completed several independent translation projects, including some documentaries and academic conferences by Rosemary Sullivan, a laureate Canadian poet and writer. Later on, Belkis moved to Vancouver to undertake a MA degree in Spanish at The University of British Columbia, with focus on twenty and twenty-first century Latin American literature analized from the perspective of postmodern aesthetics. Currently she is enrolled as a first-year PhD student at the department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University, where she is planning to explore the topic of Latin American diaspora and the global subject in contemporary narrative.
- "Warao and Makiritare Rhetoric in two Folk Stories: Between Subordination and Resistance". Estudios. Revista de Investigaciones Literarias y Culturales, Universidad Simón Bolívar. (Caracas). (Forthcoming)
- "Contacto lingüístico en la Cordillera Andina de Mérida: Consideraciones históricas sobre un caso particular". Tinkuy. Boletín de investigación y debate 12. May 2010. [www.littlm.umontreal.ca/recherche/publications.html].
- Scholarship:SSHRC – Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. MA Scholarship. 2010-2011.
- Conferences:2010 “Convergencia de lo occidental y lo pagano en 'Marta Riquelme' de W.H. Hudson.” Congress 2010 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal.
2010 Annual Writing Competition: Academic Essays by Graduate Students. CAH - Canadian Association of Hispanists:Distinction for excellence: “Convergencia de lo occidental y lo pagano en 'Marta Riquelme' de W.H. Hudson.”
2008 Sixth Annual Writing Competition, Department of Hispanic Studies, Glendon College, York University:
First Prize: “Religiosidad y destrucción de la esencia femenina en La muerte de Artemio Cruz y Cien años de soledad” (Category: Essay written in Spanish).
First Prize: “Breeze” (category: Spanish – English translation).