Unveiling our 2023-24 Writer-In-Residence: Danielle Emerson! 

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Meet our newest Writer-in-Residence

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is thrilled to announce that Danielle Emerson, living in Providence, Rhode Island, and originally from Shiprock, New Mexico, has been awarded the 2023-2024 Writer-in-Residence. Her standout submission, Shíghandí Ba’ Halne’: The Stories of Home, was selected from a pool of incredibly talented candidates through a blind judging process. Upon learning the news, Danielle said, "I literally couldn't stop smiling--I felt so much joy! I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to further my writing and want to acknowledge the generous support of the Associates and those who saw promise in my work.” 

Origins and Inspiration 
Hailing from Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, Danielle Emerson draws inspiration from her Diné heritage. Her writing is grounded in the experiences of her community and culture, reflecting a genuine connection to her roots. 

With a double concentration in Education Studies and Literary Arts from Brown University, Danielle possesses a strong foundation for her creative endeavors. Her work spans fiction, poetry, plays, and reflective essays, demonstrating versatility in her storytelling. 

Themes at the Core 
Danielle's writing revolves around themes of healing, family, growth, and Diné (Navajo) culture. These are the driving forces behind her stories, giving them a relatable and impactful touch that resonates with readers. 

Currently, Danielle is focused on a collection of contemporary YA short stories. These stories explore Diné (Navajo) life and culture in today's context, with a keen eye on the concept of 'home' and how it shapes individual identity. 

Join the Journey 
 We formally invite you to our Writer-in-Residence Welcome Reception and Reading on October 10th, where you can hear from Danielle herself and celebrate her achievements! To RSVP, please visit this page. 

In the coming months, we'll be sharing more about Danielle's project and appearances. Stay tuned to discover the captivating narratives she brings to life!