For The Stillness of Hajj Ishmael: Ballerini’s cross-textual approach is crucial to our understanding of photography’s role in relation to both visual and textual means of representation. Keri Yousif, Visual Resources, Vol.xxvii, No.4, December 2011.

For "Top Secret": A nuanced and delicately conceived story, and very subtle in capturing the person, the talking, and the setting. The final unfolding of the plot is sad but not depressing. There's hope, possibilities. Linda Dittmar, whose books include Multiple Voices in Feminist Criticism.

For "Luisa the Unforgotten": The top three [prize winners] all had clear, distinct voices which were sustained across the length of their stories. Each drew you in to their particular world and then lifted you out at what felt like the right moment. ... Luisa the Unforgotten [was] enriched by exact and unexpected observation of people, places and things....  AdamO’Riordan, author of the story collection The Burning Ground


New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest Finalist 2019 

Story award, Bare Fiction Journal 2018

Finalist Nimrod Literary Awards Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction 2018

Short Listed, SLICE Fiction Contest 2015

Professional member PEN, USA

Andrew W. Mellon Study Grant, 1999

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1995-96

Princeton University Gould Fellowship, 1988-89

Hunter College Richter Scholarship Award, 1976