María Helena Barrera-Agarwal

María Helena Barrera-Agarwal (Pelileo, 1971) is an Ecuadorian writer, lawyer and researcher. She’s the author of eight books on literature and history. She is an expert on the 19th century Ecuadorian poetess Dolores Veintimilla de Galindo. Barrera is a member of the House of Ecuadorian Culture (Tungurahua chapter), the National Academy of History of Ecuador, the PEN American Center, the National Book Critics Circle of the United States, the India International Centre (India), and the Association of Hispanic Feminist Literature and Culture. She is a recurring contributor to the magazine Artes of the newspaper La Hora. Her book “Merton y Ecuador: La búsqueda del país secreto” was awarded the Aurelio Espinosa Pólit Prize in 2010. Barrera currently lives in New York, U.S.

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