With a year exacerbated by the global pandemic, it is clear that we are all interconnected, as are our systems: health, social, environmental. It is no longer possible to speak of one without the other, nor is it productive. This impassioned anthology speaks to the intersectionality of activism and what can be created in crisis. Utah activists Bitsóí and Larsen intentionally bring together their elders, organizers, and friends to explore the way people come together for each other and the land locally. I find I am searching for “real” these days, and these essays, poems, and pieces are it.
"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
New World Coming
documents the distinct moment 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, through essays and poems that inspire and generate the change we need to survive and thrive.ALASTAIR LEE BITS
(Din ) 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 Din Bik yah, 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.