Congratulations to Bruce S. Snow for a Tremendous Review in Arkansas Review

Thank you to Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies and reviewer Stan Weeber for an outstanding review of Bruce S. Snow's Can Everybody Swim? A Survival Story from Katrina's Superdome

"Legendary sociologist Kai T. Erickson predicted that Hurricane Katrina would be the most studied disaster in U.S. history. It may also be one of the most storied. Voluminous archives of Katrina survivor stories are now tucked away in university libraries, oral history projects, social media sites, and in films, books, newspapers, journals, and magazines worldwide for historians to peruse. Standing tall above these documented accounts is Bruce Snow’s Can Everybody Swim? which could someday gain fame as the most richly detailed and complete account of the human misery at the Louisiana Superdome in late August and early September 2005."  ~ Stan Weeber, Arkansas Review 48.3 (December 2017). 



Congratulations, Bruce! We are humbled and grateful that you chose Et Alia as your publisher. 

Something Different for Valentine's Day!

Can we truly love others if we don't first love ourselves? Self-love and development of self are life-long processes, and we need help! The Mud & The Lotus: A Workbook and Guide for Students of Yoga by Courtney Denise Butler is a ready resource that can help you prime many areas of your life, whether or not you are taking a step toward teacher training or simply want to deepen your practice. Teacher training costs thousands, but Butler packs life-changing knowledge into a book that costs only about $35. 

Order The Mud & The Lotus before Valentine’s Day and get a jumbo sample class card ($6) free. 

You’ll discover perspective-changing reading, such as a look at the 8 limbs of yoga and how they apply to your life. Fitting as we enter Valentine season, is considering the Yama (Limb 1) of Aparigraha, or Non-Attachment:

Some attachments are necessary, of course, as we are attached to our own family members and those we love. We need certain things in our lives like food, clothing, and shelter. However, do we place an emphasis on having things a certain way or do we know we are important and worthy without ‘things’? ... that we can go on in spite of loss? ... these are great questions to ask oneself: Am I doing this because of my fear of unworthiness? Do I feel I need to be a certain type of person to receive love? If I didn’t have this or that (clothes, car, man or woman, status, etc.), would I feel whole?” ~Courtney Denise Butler


My furry Valentine, sweet fuzzy Valentine . . . Order Home Sweet Home:  Arkansas Rescue Dogs & Their Stories by Grace Vest through Friday 2/9 and it will be mailed or hand-delivered with a handmade Valentine like those shown here, featuring one of the rescues from the book captured by photographer Whitney Bower. Also, $1 of every purchase through Friday will be donated to Rock City Rescue. Now that’s puppy love! 

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Congratulations to The Mud & The Lotus author Courtney Butler, who has been invited to present at the Texas Yoga Conference in Houston this April. Butler will speak about the therapeutic benefits of yoga for heart and cancer patients. 

Butler was one of the first yoga therapists to be recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), and has been providing private yoga therapy for more than a decade. She is also a therapist with the Dr. Dean Ornish Reversal Program, which is the first program scientifically proven to “undo” (reverse) heart disease by optimizing four important areas of your life:



We look forward to celebrating the successes of this conference! 

Creative Space: Et Alia Author Courtney Butler

Et Alia invites you to follow our "Creative Space" blog series, in which we visit the creative spaces of our family of authors. 

Today, you can take a peek at the peaceful spot for The Mud & The Lotus: A Guide and Workbook for Students of Yoga Author Courtney Denise Butler, as well as the second half of a two-part interview with the author. Ready to order Butler's book? Enjoy 15% off, plus one of Courtney's Jumbo Yoga Cards free this week only when you use code CSPACE at checkout. 

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Desk of The Mud & The Lotus Author Courtney Denise Butler

Courtney, how would you describe your creative space? 

The words I associate with it are meaningful and peaceful. In this room, I'm surrounded by things that mean a lot to me, like my mala beads which were blessed by the Dalai Lama, reminding me of the time when I went to see him during his visit to the University of Arkansas in 2011. There's a 3' x 4' space at the corner of the room [pictured below with Buddha and crystals] where I place my meditation cushion during daily meditations. From my desk, if I'm having a moment of stress, I can catch a glimpse of that corner and it sets me at ease. I also practice yoga and exercise here. I can look out at the farm and see all my animals, which right now includes three grazing donkeys. I just adopted a mom, baby, and daddy donkey after their owner passed away at age 92. He really loved them, petted them every day, and it shows . . . they are very affectionate. My buddy Jameson the dog is often sitting behind me as I type, write, or record. At one corner of my desk, you can see my mini recording studio, where I do videos, Skype consultations for students and yoga studios, and audio recordings for the  Insight Timer Meditation App [find her by searching Courtney Butler].

What follows is PART II of Et Alia's interview with Courtney.

You can find PART 1 here

What kinds of changes have you observed in the yoga world over the past two decades?

In the past 18 years I've seen yoga change as something very misunderstood—with only a handful of teachers and schools—to being on practically every corner, with schools and certifications for various styles of yoga all over the place. In the South where I live, until recently there was much misunderstanding of what yoga is and is not, and until the past 15 years or so there were not many teachers in the South. In the early days, I was looked upon suspiciously when I told people that I was a teacher of yoga or a practitioner. I was even called a witch! There were only three of us teaching for many years in my hometown but, in some part due to my owning a yoga school here, that number has grown to at least two dozen in the past ten years. 

What led you to write this book?

It was serendipitous in so many ways. We needed a new manual for my yoga school so I was working on updating the old material and creating a new workbook. At the time, I knew IAYT was going to be coming out with yoga therapy credentials, and I was also doing a lot of traveling teaching workshops and taking workshops trying to get as much yoga therapy training as possible. I kept meeting people who had taken teacher training, but they were choosing not to teach based on feeling a lack of knowledge. Or, many of those who were teaching were expressing to me that they were struggling with feeling they were missing some element they needed. I knew I had a strong curriculum and I was often taking teachers who had already gone through a training and retraining them. I was also doing some consulting with studio owners and teachers nationwide who wanted to open schools but were not sure how.

So I thought, “What if I sell my curriculum?” Some people do this but it's often very expensive and hard to find. It's also often very rigid, and doesn’t make for an accessible read. I was noticing a lot of things I was doing were showing up in other schools familiar with mine . . . my curriculum outlines, my schedules—all things I knew I had learned through trial and error or from my teachers, and not things new teachers would simply know easily. but they were on my website. Why not sell a detailed guide with all my experience and help those schools I thought. I was in my Y12SR training and I heard Nikki Myers say "You can't keep it without giving it away," which is a 12-step slogan. That sealed the deal for me. I thought if I create it and sell it at a reasonable price I'll help other teachers, students, and schools keep alive these teachings that seem to be getting lost in our capitalistic society. I've always thought the best way to teach the masses is to teach people to teach rather than trying to teach twenty classes a week myself.  In that way, we keep handing it down and more people gain the benefits of this ancient practice.  

You are available for nationwide presentations and consulting on many aspects of the yoga business. As you take The Mud & The Lotus nationwide, what are your goals with it, and what doors do you hope it will open in your life?  

My sort of life mottoes are "Just do the next right thing" and "let curiosity lead you." I thoroughly enjoy working with teachers, studio owners, and school owners. I love to research and problem solve. Since my experience is vast in the types of positions I've held in the yoga world I'm often able to help solve a variety of problems because I've usually dealt with it myself. If I can help a studio owner stay in business that makes me really happy. In one case I helped a teacher decide to close her studio and go back into teaching for others and she was so much happier and less stressed in the end. That was also amazing. 

I would like to write another book on yoga as a therapeutic practice, and hope to have that out in a year or two. My hope is that more schools will seek me out for consulting for their schools as they use the book to teach, because I can almost guarantee I’ll save them money and strife by helping them learn from my own mistakes and experience over the years. It would be lovely to lead workshops and do speaking engagements that help teachers, studio owners, and schools to reduce some of the stress and take some of the pressure off of them. I want to assist those folks in being the best they can be and maybe some of my trials, errors, and accomplishments can serve to make the road a little easier for someone else.  

It is pretty amazing that you have every certification available from Yoga Alliance. I mentioned your C-IAYT above, and you also have your 500 E-RYT, RCYT, RPYT, and YACEP, are certified in Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR), and are a Prime of Life Yoga® Teacher. What do all these crazy letters mean?

ERYT 500: Experienced Yoga Teacher with a minimum of 500 hours of training and 2000 hours minimum in the classroom. 

RCYT: Trained yoga teacher in Children’s Yoga, minimum of 295 hours of required training total.

RPYT: Training in Prenatal Yoga: minimum of a total of 295 required training hours.

YACEP: A teacher who is trained and qualified to give Continuing Education hours. Must have a minimum of 1,000 hours of teaching and 200 hours of training. 

C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist: 1,000 hours of training, certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I was grandfathered in, which meant at least 10 years of practicing yoga therapy that I could document. It meant turning in at least twenty case studies of specific clients and what I did for them, how I did it, how long I worked with them and the outcomes. It also meant turning in all my training hours which were well over 1,000. I had to submit a resume with all my credentials, experience, and study. 

What is the yoga of 12-step recovery?

We call it Y12SR, and it's amazing. My easy answer is that this work combines cognitive and somatic experience. By that I mean mixing movement through yoga postures (the somatic portion) with breathing and meditation, with discussion and study (the cognitive portion). Sessions include a meeting based on similar methods and the same guidelines used in other 12-step programs, with the addition of a yoga practice of asana with breathing and meditation. The program is worldwide and incredibly popular with impressive outcomes. The founder is Nikki Myers who has an inspirational story, and is a powerhouse of a woman doing great work. 

What is Prime of Life Yoga®?  

Prime of Life Yoga is what founder Larry Payne, Phd, calls yoga for the age range of about 40 to 70. Of course each person is unique and not everyone fits a perfect category depending on age, but the practice is made to fit people who may not need chair yoga, but also might get hurt in a fast moving class with aggressive postures. Larry often uses “The modern-day teachings of Krishnamcharya” to describe this work, in reference to this style which is adapted to fit the needs of the students. I'm grateful for Larry, his work, and his teaching, and am proud to call him one of my teachers. He was so kind in giving me a blurb for my own book, and I am forever grateful and humbled by his kindness. He is a true yogi in every sense of the word. 

What does it feel like to know you were among the first yoga therapists?

The words "yoga therapist" were not even used until the past decade. Yoga Alliance was just being formed when I started teaching, so schools were not as common, and there weren’t standards. It was more a handing down of tradition from teacher to student. I had been practicing for many years when it formed and was mostly self-taught with connection to a few teachers mostly through personal study. I wanted the credentials mainly because to learn as much as possible. I had no intentions of being where I am now with a career in this field. I found two amazing teachers in Robin Johnson and Elana Johnson who had traveled to California to get training. I studied under them and have gone on to study with many amazing teachers, achieving more credentials like yoga for those over 40 and yoga for those with addiction.

In my career I've seen many of the modern-day gurus who brought yoga to the West pass on. I'm so grateful to have been alive when they were still here sharing their work and knowledge. I've been fortunate to be able to meet and work with people like John Kepner, the executive director of the International Association Yoga Therapists, and Larry Payne, Phd, the founding father of IAYT. It's been purely by what I believe is divine intervention that I've had the good fortune to study and train with so many people who trained with Krishnamcharya and his son Deskicachar. I simply loved yoga and especially loved and had a heart for bringing yoga to the general population but also those who needed a more therapeutic practice. My background was in physical therapy. I originally went to college for PT, and put in many volunteer hours in hospitals in the PT departments. Then I worked at the school for those with disabilities in college. I've always had a heart for service and so was simply following my curiosity and heart. I used my experience and adapted yoga postures and practice in this way for my clients. 

When IAYT came out with new standards I was asked to do the beta testing. There were 14 of us, I believe, around the world. I wasn't even sure if what I was doing was what they wanted, but quickly became aware that what I had been doing for nearly 15 years at the time was exactly what they were looking for. 

I applied immediately when they opened it up to seasoned yoga teachers who had been doing yoga therapy. It was one of the highlights of my career to be accepted to receive credentials based on all my years of work. It was a tremendous honor and I'm truly grateful. 

Contest Deadline Less Than Two Weeks Away!



Help Et Alia (re)write Arkansas! Publication + Cash Prizes in two categories. 

  • The manuscript winner receives $125, and five copies; two runners-up will each receive $25 and two copies. It is our hope to publish the work of the winner and two runners-up as an anthology, but we may publish fewer. Judged by H.K Hummel. 
  • The art/photography winner receives $125, and five copies; two runners-up will each receive $25 and two copies. Each submission will be considered for incorporation into the cover design. Judged by Todd Herman. 

Neglected Histories of Arkansas welcomes writings of any genre as well as visual art and photography that explore and share tough truths in and about Arkansas. We need work that will preserve and expand cultural memory in its diversity, and shine a light on the neglected and alternative histories of The Natural State. Especially if you’re an Arkansan of color, identify as a woman and/or LGBTQ, live with a serious health issue, are a whistle-blower, or live a lifestyle outside the mainstream, you probably know a different Arkansas than some histories have fabricated. 

Full details and information about our judges can be found here

Understanding the Chakras Talk by Courtney Butler

Interested in the chakras but feeling overwhelmed about where to start learning about these energy centers of the body? How can objective observations about where you feel emotions in your body lead you to balance? Check out THE MUD & THE LOTUS author Courtney Butler's 12 minute talk "Understanding How We Feel the Chakras," free from the Insight Timer app. Search Courtney Butler, see this illustrative talk pop up, and join the more than 2,500 people who've already listened and more than 350 who've given this talk 4.5 stars.




Ready to learn more about the Energy Anatomy of the body? Read The Mud & The Lotus, or enjoy our Jumbo Energy Anatomy Card, taken from among the many useful charts and illustrations you'll find in the book. 

Scars Contributor Sayantani DasGupta Empowers Girls to Slay their Demons

Need to slay a rakkosh demon? Get advice from SCARS: An Anthology contributor Sayantani DasGupta in her interview with Et Alia's Erin Wood, just up on the Ms. Magazine Blog.

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Sayantani DasGupta—featured on the cover of Ms. in 1992 with her mother as part of our “Feminist Mothers and Daughters” issue—is now writing a new world into existence for girls. Sayantani’s books include The Serpent’s Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond (her debut children’s novel, forthcoming from Scholastic in 2018), Her Own Medicine: A Woman’s Journey from Student to Doctor (reviewed by Ms.) and Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies. She is also faculty across three departments at Columbia University: the graduate program in narrative medicine, the Center for Comparative Literature and Society and The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.

For Ms., Wood spoke with DasGupta—now a pediatrician, writer, activist and mother herself—about growing up in a feminist household, politically conscious parenting as an essential form of activism and the light her forthcoming book will shine for middle-grade girls by offering a new brand of she-ro that invites girls to be what they can see.


SCARS: An Anthology Contributor Doug Kidd to Present in Amsterdam 12/1

Douglas E Kidd, whose essay, "Collide," appears in SCARS: An Anthology, will present his paper "Belonging, Meaning, and Identity: Living with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury" at the Third International Disability Studies Conference ‘The Art of Belonging’ on 12/1 in Amsterdam. Congratulations, Doug!

Paper Summary: With his life trajectory profoundly altered by a catastrophic automobile accident, the physiological separation Douglas Kidd’s brain experienced from time and reality for 65 days while in states of coma and amnesia produced complete social disconnection. . . . During his recovery from the severe traumatic brain injury he acquired, Douglas found acceptance and forged community with other impaired individuals. These disabled communities provide him with opportunities for advocacy, vocation, and artistic expression by presenting to conferences, and composing essays, articles, and poetry. Douglas’s life and connection to disabled individuals, as well as the larger disabled community, lead him to experience a profound sense of belonging.

Doug is also the founder of UDA (Undistracted Driving Advocacy).

Douglas Kidd's car following a distracted driving accident that led to his traumatic brain injury, which has led Doug to become an undistracted driving advocate. Read Doug's essay, "Collide," in Scars: An Anthology. 

Douglas Kidd's car following a distracted driving accident that led to his traumatic brain injury, which has led Doug to become an undistracted driving advocate. Read Doug's essay, "Collide," in Scars: An Anthology. 

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CD Wright Women Writers Conference

The inaugural CD Wright Women Writers Conference at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR on November 2 and 3 was a smashing success. 

Below, Et Alia's Erin Wood visits ESSE Purse Museum in Little Rock's SoMa District on Friday with Emily Shearer of Minerva Rising Press. The two became friends at AWP 2017 in D.C. in February. 

Erin participated in an engaging writing workshop at ESSE along with a dozen other women, who grew to know one another and each other's writing through the contents of our purses. 

Tayari Jones was Friday's keynote speaker, who captivated the audience with a reading from her forthcoming novel, An American Marriage

Below, Eliza Borne, senior editor of The Oxford American Magazine, speaks on "The Topography of Contemporary Publishing," and Poet/Memoirist Jo McDougall speaks as part of the panel "A Call to White Women: Because the Warp is Everywhere."

During the conference, McDougall joined Erin's Women Makers of Arkansas project. 

Below, Erin Wo-mans the Et Alia booth at left, and gets a shot with friends Emily Shearer and Kim Brown at Minerva Rising at right.