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NEW WORLD COMING: Frontline Voices on Pandemics, Uprisings, and Climate Crisis


"Different voices in New World Coming tell powerful stories of loss and difficulty plus messages of hope and promise for all as we seek a healing future for the earth and each other."

—REGINA LOPEZ-WHITESKUNK (Ute Mountain Ute), contributor to Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears

Cover art by Mariella Mendoza

New World Coming documents this distinct moment in history through personal narratives and intergenerational imaginings of a just, healthy, and equitable future. Writers reflect on what movements for justice and liberation can learn from the response to COVID-19, uprisings for Black lives, and climate crisis, inspiring the change we need to survive and thrive. These powerful narratives cultivate and strengthen our imaginations for a regenerative future.

November 2021 | Nonfiction | $19.95 | 978-1-948814-53-9| Trade Paper | 288 pp


ALASTAIR LEE BITSÓÍ (Diné) is a public health and environmental writer from the Navajo Nation. He is an award-winning news reporter for the Navajo Times, and served as communications director for the Indigenous-led land conservation nonprofit Utah Diné Bikéyah, which continues advocacy for protection and restoration of Bears Ears National Monument. His newly launched consulting business, Near the Water Communications and Media Group, provides public health messaging services for organizations. He holds a master’s degree in public health from New York University College of Global Public Health, and is an alumnus of Gonzaga University.

Brooke Larsen_Photo Credit Jeri Gravlin.JPEG

BROOKE LARSEN is a writer and community organizer. She has an MA in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the High Country News Bell Prize for emerging writers. Brooke has spent the past decade organizing with the climate justice movement. She co-founded Uplift, a youth-led organization for climate justice in the Southwest, and was a youth delegate to the UN Climate Change Conference in 2016 with SustainUS. Brooke resides and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, ancestral land of the Goshute, Shoshone, and Ute people.



What Falls Away by Karin Anderson is a novel of family, art, and the raw process of healing. Cassandra Soelberg, pregnant at seventeen, was cast out by Mormon patriarchs of her community. Returning to her rural Utah hometown after forty years to care for her senile mother, she meets a young man with an uncanny resemblance to the father of her never-known child. Drawn back into traumatic scenes of young adulthood, she must reconcile with her past in the fiercely beautiful landscapes that shaped her.


"A powerful novel that will resonate with anyone who has returned to a place they no longer recognize as home."



“Set against the backdrop that is the anguish of bearing witness, New World Coming is showing us how to recognize each other again. Within these pages I felt the type of solace that can only be found through those who know how to hold and tend to the act of storytelling. Stories on survival, stories on strength. Stories that are showing us
the way forward.”
—KAILEA FREDERICK, climate justice organizer, NDN Collective

“A lovingly crafted tribute to the Southwest, with poetry and prose from dedicated community members reflecting on what it takes to tend liberation. With heartfelt accounts of lived experiences of the pandemic, systemic racism, and the climate crisis, this book weaves together the many people of the region passionate to keep the momentum for justice alive. The stories shared are heartfelt, intimate, and paint a beautiful picture of the work to honor the Glimmering World. Within these pages are insights and perspectives on what it takes to be in this trying time. An inspiring read for anyone looking for a case study of a resilient, place-based movement reverent for the land and the Indigenous histories and cosmologies embedded in place.”
 —ORION CAMERO, COP25 delegation leader, SustainUS

"The strength of New World Coming is in how it unites diverse writers—Black, Native American, disabled, LGBTQ+—as they explore the impacts of COVID-19, race and climate on their communities."


Franque Bains
Mishka Banuri
Arlyssa Becenti
Jade Begay
Tara Benally
Kern Collymore
Nellie Jo David
Sunny Dooley
Ashley Finley

Irene Franco Rubio
Brinley Froelich
Lilian Hill
Uyen Hoang
Linda Hogan
Nicole Horseherder
Kinsale Hueston
Psarah Johnson
Melissa-Malcolm King
Lyrica Jensen Maldonado
Mariella Mendoza

Esther Meroño Baro
Denae Shanidiin
Chip Thomas
Laura Tohe
John Tveten
Braidan Weeks
Ahjani Yepa

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