I’m excited to be performing with Story League again. Details on the show here:
Poem from the most recent Encloypedia DC show.
What artists do
You tell me you are hiking
waist-high in snow somewhere
in Wyoming. It is 80 degrees
here and raining blossoms.
The tourists have flooded
the stations again. Again
we are covered in humidity
too early. It’s too late
to tell you what happens
when I fall asleep with
the windows open.
But here’s what happens:
I become a watch, telling time
by the hours we are missing.
I become a straight key, turning
my blood into Morse code. I send
you only three words at a time.
On my worse nights, my SOS
misses your rely station. By morning,
the enemy has already taken me.
But mostly, I am a hope chest
storing our best memories
for someone else to open.
Mostly, I look down at my palms,
notice how fragmented my lifeline is.
The reader told me I have too many
false starts. She is right. She tells
me to keep only the ones with the strongest
grip. The one whose hands are as deft
as my tongue, but not as striking.
She tells me a piece of my heart line
is missing. She says obviously
it is with you.
I am so excited to be a part of this awesome show. It will be my first time performing in 2014. The poem will be unique to this show and heard for one night only! Hope to see you there.
Details here: http://www.epediadc.com/
I had a great time at Word War Six Poetry Slam hosted by The Baltimore Scene. It was my first time slamming since August and it nice to have such a receptive crowd. Plus, I made new poet friends.
So here’s what (finally) happened. After 2 years of narrowly missing a slot on the team (I finished 5th by less than a point), I made the 2013 team. If fact, I became Beltway’s Grand Slam Champion. The 1st woman to do so. Double fact, Adele Hampton also made the team so Beltway will have 2 ladies keepin it even more real August 12-18.
- For those of you who don’t know what the National Poetry Slam is, check out: http://nps2013.poetryslam.com/
As someone who has represented DC on the slam circuit in various competitions, I know first hand how expensive it can be. Everyone pays for the chance to be on Finals stage. We are running an Indie GoGo campaign. It would mean the world to me if you’d consider donating and help us get the word out. You could win a Beyonce ticket, a personalized haiku my yours truly, a group piece by the team, chapbook and a custom-made dinner.
I promise I will keep you posted on how we do.
All 3 of my hearts, Natalie
***SPECIAL– Any donation over $40 before 5pm on Friday July 26th will be entered to win one free ticket to Beyonce on Tuesday July 30th at the Verizon Center in DC!!**
WHY DO WE MATTER?
Beltway Poetry Slam is one of DC’s premier spots for performance poetry and art in general. Over the past three years, Beltway has brought new and seasoned poets to the stage, featuring award winning talent from across the country and gaining the attention of local media and arts organizations. We are gearing up to send our third ever team to compete at the National Poetry Slam in Boston and we need your help getting there!
TEAM MEMBERS: Pages Matam, Natalie E. Illum, Adele Hampton, Robalu Gibson, Clint Smith. COACH Chris August
Come see the top 12 poets from the season bring their strongest work & fiercest performances for a chance to be one of the 8 poets competing in our Grand Slam on May 14th.
All poets are sharing their work in hope of representing DC at the National Poetry Slam in Boston!
The poets competing in no particular order are:
Hosted by Shelly Bell
The Fridge DC
516 1/2 8th St SE
(Eastern Market metro)
$5 at the door (cash only)
Questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org