Goodbye Poetry (for now), Hello Cover Band!!!   Leave a comment

All Her Muses Debut Show Details

Hello friends and followers,

I’m in a cover band now.  Turns out I can sing.  Please come to our very first show at one of my very favorite venues in DC. All Her Muses featuring cover songs by Natalie E. Illum and The Grey A first full-length show will be The Fridge on JULY 9 with special musical guest Nancy Eddy (of the Pushovers). Doors 7:30pm. $10. We are all so excited to sing for you.

Grey and Natalie met in mid 2014 and immediately found a wealth of common music loves between them and a mutual talent. They quickly discovered there was a special blending their voices could achieve and All Her Muses was quickly built. Their first performance on July 9th at The Fridge DC is not to be missed and has been months in the crafting. Be sure and reserve your tickets today.

Natalie E. Illum is a performance poet, disability activist and storyteller living in Washington, DC. She is a founded board member of the mothertongue poetry series, a DC women’s open mic that lasted 15 years. Her work has appeared the anthologies Word Warriors: 35 Women of the Spokenword Revolution; Full Moon on K Street; and the upcoming Write Bloody collection We Will Be Shelter. Her stories have appeared in Feminist Studies and on NPR’s Snap Judgment. She has competed on the National Poetry Slam circuit since 2008, and is the 2013 Beltway Grand Slam Champion. Natalie has toured with many national artists, including Michelle Tea, Eileen Myles, Buddy Wakefield and Andrea Gibson. Her writing centers around disability, identity and autobiography. She recently started a position as a guest blogger with the Huffington Post. She has an MFA in creative writing from American University, and teaches workshops in a variety of venues.

Grey is a songwriter and artist who’s journey has lead from Dallas, Texas to Nashville, TN. He studied music at James Madison University and graduated from Middle Tennessee State, moving into Washington, DC early 2009.

Posted July 2, 2015 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

I’m hosting a new open mic at Busboys and Poets Brookland: The Bodies Visible Series Starting March 30, 2015   Leave a comment

The Bodies Visible Open Mic is a unique event open to ALL, but one that gives priority to performers who wish to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of the human form. I want to be clear that you do NOT need to have or identify as a person with a dis/ability to perform, nor to you have to disclose what you “have” in order to be heard. The open mic is open. However, priority will be given to those whose bodies are often too visible or invisible and/or not part of the mainstream.

This month’s feature will be touring poet Anna K Binkovitz. The other dates for this open mic series are currently June 29, August 31, and November 30. The event is hosted by yours truly. First time hosting a series since the @MothertongueDC days. Please spread the word.

Anna Binkovitz is a recent graduate of Macalester College, with an honors degree in Creative Writing. While at Macalester, she represented the school at three consecutive College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Tournaments, competing on finals stage in 2012, when the team placed 2nd in the nation. Anna has also competed on two Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam team finals stages, and placed 7th in the 2013 Great Plains Poetry-Pile Up. Most recently, she competed as a part of the Twin Cities Unified Poetry team at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, and this past summer her work was a finalist for the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series. Her poem “Asking For It” has been featured on websites like Upworthy, Jezebel, and the Huffington Post. More of Anna’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Control Literary Magazine, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and the Freezeray anthology “Again I Wait For This to Pull Apart.” Anna enjoys mac n cheese and applesauce, because she is a goddamn adult.

Asking For It:

On Being Left:


$5 cover. Wristbands are available for purchase online here at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM (cash only). No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door if available. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.

Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. No saved or reserved seats are allowed. Failure to check in within 30 minutes of advertised start time may result in forfeiture of seats.

Posted March 25, 2015 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

New Work Featured on Jezebel’s Newest Beauty Blog, Millihelen   Leave a comment

It’s not your mother’s beauty site. It is a blog by non-models for everyone. Here’s my offering. Please enjoy and help spread the word.

Posted January 29, 2015 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

Febraury 4th Feature at Busboys & Poets (5th and K St, NW)   Leave a comment

Busboys Open Mic Information

It’s true.  I’m writing new poems, just for this feature next week at Busboys & Poets!
Tickets available in advance on the day of the show, and at the door. Only $5. Hosted by the amazing Holly Bass.

Posted January 28, 2015 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

‪#‎shoeholesolidarity   Leave a comment

Image of right foot.  Trying to put on silver clogs, which are wore out and scratched from toe dragging while walking with crutches.

Image of right foot. Trying to put on silver clogs, which are wore out and scratched from toe dragging while walking with crutches.

Huge thanks and solidarity to Maria Town, who featured some of my shoes on her blog,

What are your favorite winter shoes? Are they inclusive or strictly for those who have the strongest gait? When I was little, my mother had to replace my sneakers monthly, not because my feet were growing, but because of the holes from dragging my feet. We all pound the pavement, some with more force than others. ‪#‎shoeholesolidarity

Posted January 28, 2015 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

NEXT SHOW JULY 3. I’m featuring at 8×8, This show will be filmed. FREE with RSVP   Leave a comment

8×8: 8 performers, 8 minutes each

Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee with musical accompaniment from Andrew Bucket

Performances from

DDm (music)
Earth, Wind & Fire (improv)
Michael J. Foody (comic)
Natalie E. Illum (poet)
Nate Johnson (story teller)
John F. O’Donnell (comic)
Jenn Tisdale (comic)
Haywood Turnipseed Jr (comic)

and special guests

This is a private show with a capped attendance. All attendees must RSVP. Once the list is full a waiting list will open. The show will be filmed. RSVP here:×8-8-performers-8-minutes-each-tickets-12028053231


Posted July 1, 2014 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

The Body Is Not An Apology Launches Radical #whenwesayYES   Leave a comment



Please read and SHARE WIDELY from the amazing folks at #TBINNA
What Happens When We Say Yes to Radical Self-Love? #WhenWeSayYES

The Body is Not An Apology is in a season of tremendous growth, none of which could happen or be sustained without the amazing community of over 32,000 Unapologetic Posse Members in 42 countries around the world committed to ushering themselves and the planet into radical self-love! On Monday, June 23rd, TBINAA will launch our When We Say Yes crowd funding campaign. The campaign will seek to raise funds to build our very own online community of information, education, activism, and support around radical self-love, body empowerment, and unapologetic global transformation.

As the Leadership Circle began thinking about the reach and power of this movement, we could not help but be overtaken by the realization that this growth has been a direct result of how each of us in our own lives has chosen to say YES in places where fear would have had us stuck in No. This movement exists because people all over the planet, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, size, ability, etc. decided to say YES to the idea that it is possible to love ourselves and one another radically! WOW! What tremendous power lives in the big giant global YES!

Now, The Body is Not An Apology wants your story of YES. We want to know what happened when you said YES to radical self-love! What happened when you said YES to your own power and truth? What happens when WE say YES as a movement committed to a just, equitable, and compassionate world? Please share your story with us. It may earn you a featured spot on our social media sites or in our international When We Say YES video! Below are the guidelines for how to share your #WhenWeSayYES story with TBINAA and the world.

Submissions can be:
■VIDEO. Maximum length should not exceed 20 seconds. Video should be submitted as a quicktime .MOV file. Need to convert? CLICK HERE
■AUDIO. Maximum length should not exceed 1 minute.
■PHOTOS. Highest resolution and largest file possible. Our preference is 400 x 400 dpi if you want it considered for the film.
■ESSAYS. Between 500 and 700 words.
■TWEET. Tell us your YES in under 100 characters and they will be featured on our twitter page.

For video, audio, and essays, please include the following language and general theme:

“When I said Yes to ___(fill in the blank, i.e. yes to trusting my body, yes to believing in my intelligence, yes to healing my childhood wounds, yes to trusting my inner voice, yes to radical self-love, etc., etc.). Then tell us what happened (I got my dream job, I unlocked my creative potential and became an artist, I stopped hiding and took that salsa class, I fell in love, etc. etc.). All submissions should start with “When I said Yes to…”) The last sentence in your video and audio should be “I said YES!

Please be sure to include our hashtags

#WhenWeSayYES #TBINAA #Nobodiesinvisible

Please send your submission to or send files to our Dropbox account We are excited to say YES with you!

Unapologetic light,

TBINAA Leadership Circle

Posted June 13, 2014 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized


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