Creative Native Novelist Series #1 - Ramona Emerson

Ramona Emerson is a Diné writer and filmmaker originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico. She has a Bachelor's in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico and an Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. After starting in forensic videography, she embarked on a career as a photographer, writer and editor. She is an Emmy nominee, a Sundance Native Lab Fellow, a Time-Warner Storyteller Fellow, a Tribeca All-Access Grantee and a WGBH Producer Fellow. In 2020, Emerson was appointed to the Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries for the State of New Mexico. She currently resides in Albuquerque, where she and her husband, the producer Kelly Byars, run their production company Reel Indian Pictures. Shutter is her first novel. (book jacket)

Ramona's novel is short-listed for the National Book Award. She is one of the very, very few Indigenous artists to be interviewed on NPR's show, Fresh Air. C

Recording of conversation found here:

Introduction to Native American Studies, Winter Quarter 2023 Dr. Juan Avila Hernandez Native American Studies University of California, Davis Creative Native Novelist Series #1 Ramona Emerson, Diné, Author of Shutter