Ramona Emerson

Longlist, 2022 National Book Awards

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 MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
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Shutter

book cover art for Shutter by Ramona Emerson
ISBN 9781641293334 Soho Crime / Soho Press

Rita Todacheene is a forensic photographer working for the Albuquerque police force. Her excellent photography skills have cracked many cases—she is almost supernaturally good at capturing details. In fact, Rita has been hiding a secret: she sees the ghosts of crime victims who point her toward the clues that other investigators overlook. More about this book >

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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 MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. After starting in forensic videography, she embarked upon a career as a photographer, writer, and editor. She is an Emmy Award nominee, a Sundance Institute Native Lab Fellow, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellow, a Tribeca All Access Grantee, and a WGBH Boston producer fellow. In 2020, Emerson was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries for New Mexico. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she and her husband, the producer Kelly Byars, run their production company Reel Indian Pictures. Shutter is her first novel.

(Photo credit: Ungelbah Dávila Shivers)

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