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 retirement, she devotes full-time to her first passion, the writing of 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 also finds herself writing about elders as they confront failing health and mortality, not often the subject of fiction, but relevant to an aging population and one that she
attempts to render humorous and poignant. Currently seeking representation for a completed novel, Line of Descent.