NEW WORLD COMING
Frontline Voices on Pandemics, Uprisings, and Climate Crisis
Edited by Alastair Lee Bitsóí and Brooke Larsen
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
PRAISE FOR NEW WORLD COMING
"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
“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."
—SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Nellie Jo David
Irene Franco Rubio
Lyrica Jensen Maldonado
Esther Meroño Baro
ABOUT THE EDITORS
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 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.
Cover art by Mariella Mendoza