María Helena Barrera-Agarwal

María Helena Barrera Agarwal

María Helena Barrera-Agarwal is an Ecuadorian writer, lawyer and researcher. She was born in Pelileo, Ecuador, 1971. She is 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), 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.

Awards & Acknowledgements

Condecoración al Mérito Cívico “Provincia de Tungurahua”2016
Presea Benjamín Carrión, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Núcleo de Tungurahua2015
Aurelio Espinosa Pólit National Literature Prize2010
Primer Premio, Juegos Florales de la Fiesta de las Flores y las Frutas1989

Partial list of works

  • 2009: La Flama y el Eco- Ensayos sobre Literatura.
  • 2010: Jornadas y Talentos- Ilustres Ecuatorianos en los Estados Unidos.
  • 2010: Merton y Ecuador: La búsqueda del país secreto.
  • 2013: León Americano- La última gran polémica de Juan León Mera.
  • 2013: Mejía Secreto- Facetas insospechadas de José Mejía Lequerica.
  • 2014: Nazrul: prosa y poemas selectos.
  • 2015: Anatomía de una traición: la venta de la bandera.
  • 2015: Dolores Veintimilla, más allá de los mitos
  • 2016: De ardiente inspiración. Obras de Dolores Veintimilla (Ed.)

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