The name Albion-Andalus is drawn from the names of two geographic regions from our distant past: Albion, the ancient name of Great Britain, and Al-Andalus, the medieval name of much of Muslim Spain. Both were meeting places of cultures which spawned great creativity. Likewise, Albion and Andalus, or Great Britain and Spain, are the places from which the founder of Albion-Andalus, Netanel Miles-Yépez, received both parts of his surname.
Netanel Miles-Yépez, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Netanel Miles-Yépez is a Mexican-American artist, comparative religion scholar and teacher of contemporary spirituality. After learning that he was descended from a Mexican family of crypto-Jews, Netanel decided to study History of Religions at Michigan State University and Contemplative Religion at the Naropa Institute, specializing in comparative religion, mystical spirituality, and non-dual philosophies.
In 1998, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, to study with the innovative Hasidic master and leader in ecumenical dialogue, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. In addition to Schachter-Shalomi, he also studied with various Sufi masters and teachers of Buddhism, and counts Father Thomas Keating, Trappist monk and founder of the Centering Prayer movement, as an important influence. After years of working as a professional editor, and as the director of a non-profit, Netanel started Albion-Andalus Books to publish serious, though less obviously marketable works often overlooked by larger publishers.
Currently, Netanel divides his time between New York where he is Spiritual Director & Teacher-in-Residence of the Abode of the Message, an Eco-Sufi community, and Colorado, where he teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Naropa University. He spends the rest of his time traveling, writing, painting and working on publishing projects. His paintings have been shown in a number of solo and group exhibits in Colorado. As a writer, he is known for his acclaimed translation, My Love Stands Behind a Wall: A Translation of the Song of Songs and Other Poems (2015), his commentaries on Hasidic spirituality, A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009) and A Hidden Light: Stories and Teachings of Early HaBaD and Bratzlav Hasidism (2011), as well the edited volumes, The Common Heart: An Experience of Interreligious Dialogue (2006) and the award winning Living Fully, Dying Well: Reflecting on Death to Find Your Life's Meaning (2009).
Samantha Krezinski, Editorial Assistant & Business Manager
Samantha Krezinski holds a Bachelor's in English and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine, Barney Street. She later went on to become a certified yoga instructor before moving to Boulder, Colorado, where she earned her Master's in Contemplative Religion at Naropa University. At Naropa, under the supervision of her thesis advisor, Netanel Miles-Yépez, she completed a thesis project on religion and literature, looking at fiction as a vehicle of religious teaching and mythological inspiration. Sam has worked for Albion-Andalus since 2014, copy-editing, type-setting, and preparing ebooks, and is currently responsible for marketing and PR. She currently resides in Wisconsin.
Erica Holland Leitz, Intern