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.


Short Story Prize, Bare Fiction Magazine 2017

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