Julia Ballerini was born and raised in Latin America and lived many years in Europe. As an art history professor and critic, she regularly published books, essays, and reviews, and curated exhibitions. She also worked as an editor in publishing houses, and directed the educational program of a drug rehabilitation center for homeless women. She lives in New York City.
On leaving academia, she devotes full-time to writing fiction. In keeping with the concerns of her past teachings and publications on documentary photography, many of her stories deal with intercultural communications––understandings and misunderstanding across languages, social mores, and generations. She often writes about elders as they confront failing health and mortality, not a frequent subject of fiction, but relevant to an aging population and one that she attempts to render humorous and poignant.