Joi Barrios

b. 1962

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Joi Barrios (Maria Josephine Barrios-Leblanc) teaches Filipino and Philippine Literature at the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies and the Asian American Program of the University of California, Berkeley. She has a Ph.D. in Filipino and Philippine Literature from the University of the Philippines and has served as Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Arts and Letters. She is the author/editor of more than a dozen books, among them, her poetry collection, To Be a Woman is To Live at a Time of War (Institute of Women's Studies, St. Scholastica's College, 1990), and the anthology, Savage Stage: Plays by Ma-Yi Theater Company (Ma Yi Theater Company, 2007). For her contributions to literature, she was among the one hundred women chosen as Weavers of History for the Philippine Centennial Celebration. In 2004, she received the TOWNS (Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service) Award in Manila, Philippines.