Ramona Emerson is a Diné writer and filmmaker originally from Tohatchi, N.M. She has a bachelor’s in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. After starting in forensic videography, she embarked upon a career as a filmmaker, 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, N.M., where she and her husband, the producer Kelly Byars, run their production company Reel Indian Pictures. "Shutter" is her first novel.
Awards: National Book Award
Communities: Indigenous or Native American