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Belkis Barrios

Graduate Student

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.