Imminent Domains: Reckoning with the Anthropocene invites readers to join a contemplation of survival—our own, and that of the elements that surround us. Using research, lyric prose, and first-hand experiences, Alessandra Naccarato addresses fundamental questions about our modern relationship to nature amidst depictions of landscapes undergoing dramatic transformation.
We trace the veins of harm, memory and meaning amongst ecosystems and bioregions; through history and across continents, from the mines of Cerro Rico to the ruins of Pompeii. Arranged by five central elements of survival—earth, fire, water, air and spirit—these essays refute linearity, just as nature does.
Naccarato offers not blanket answers about our future, but rather myriad ways to find our own, individual response to an imminent question. We are being called to work together; to dig a trench deep and wide enough that the fires around us might stay at bay. How do we turn towards the fire?
About the author
Alessandra Naccarato is a writer based between Salt Spring Island, BC, and Toronto, Ontario. She was the recipient of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2015 Bronwen Wallace Award in Poetry from the Writers' Trust of Canada, runner-up for Event Magazine's Creative Non-Fiction Prize, and two-time finalist for the Edna Steabler Personal Essay Prize and Arc Magazine's Poem of Year Contest, as well as the Constance Rooke Creative Non-Fiction Prize, among other recognitions. Alessandra holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada, including Room Magazine, EVENT, The New Quarterly, CV2, ARC Poetry Magazine, Poetry Is Dead, and elsewhere. She is the Managing Editor of Write Bloody North Publications, a newly released imprint of Write Bloody Publications (Los Angeles). Re-Origin of Species is her debut poetry collection.
- Nominated, Firecracker Award for Creative Nonfiction
- Winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Essay Category
“Naccarato’s genre-defying book, part memoir, part confessional, part travelogue, part manifesto, part meditation, and part embrace (of humanity, connection and kinship with a more-than-human world), soars and dips through time and space, experience and emotion, doubt and grief. Ultimately, perhaps it is about life in the thorny, tricky, challenging, and contradictory times in which we all live.” —The British Columbia Review
“Naccarato has crafted a collection of highly readable essays full of rich prose. Though the issues she grapples with are often heavy, her writing never feels hopeless. Given the current state of the world, a little hope goes a long way.” —Quill & Quire