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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

NEXT SHOW REMINDER: June 9th at The Galaxy Hut with MUSIC of THE GREY A BAND and AWEsome Storyteller JT Bullock   Leave a comment

I’m honored and excited to be supporting the Grey A band for their CD release show!!

Come to the Galaxy Hut to hear some poetry, music and storytelling. ONLY $5


Check out some music


Grey Jacks of the Grey A Band

Grey Jacks of the Grey A Band

And here’s a sneak peak of JT in action:

Posted June 6, 2014 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized


Just how I remember her (with longer hair). courtesy of Donna Uettwiller,

Just how I remember her (with longer hair). courtesy of Donna Uettwiller,

Hi Everyone!!

First of all, thank YOU for following this blog/”website.” It means a lot to me, and to prove it, I’m trying to keep in touch more.

THIS SUNDAY, I’m headed to Philly.  I won’t be performing (this time), but I will be in the audience supporting a musician friend of mine, Teri Rambo.

I was lucky enough to live close to a summer camp for youth with disabilities, Camp-Pa-Qua-Tuck.  It was a sleep-a-way camp and the first time I had been around other kids with disabilities in a social context.  While there, I met Teri.  Maybe I was 10 or 11.  She used to sing us to sleep with Joni Mitchell covers and hymns, except I didn’t yet know they were covers.  She sent me a MIXTAPE with her recordings on one side and Miss Saigon on the other — I still have it.  She was in college at the time.  We lost touch.  I never forgot her.  Or Joni Mitchell.  Teri gave me kindness at a time when I had very little, and by introducing me to Joni, she gave me my first taste of big words and poetry.

I posted this a few days ago on Facebook:

Teresa Rambo of Colorado, wherever you are, you rock:

The cars and buses bustled thru the bedlam of the day
I looked thru window-glass at streets
and Nathan grumbled at the grey
I saw an aging cripple selling Superman balloons
The city grated thru chrome-plate
The clock struck slowly half-past-noon
Thru the tunnel tiled and turning
Into daylight once again I am escaping
Once again goodbye
To symphonies and dirty trees
With parks and plastic clothes
The ghostly garden grows

And was able to find her. And GUESS WHAT? She is still a singer and has a show at World Cafe Live this Sunday. It also features 8 other songwriters!!

I’m going. Who knows? Maybe we’ll tour together in a town near YOU. Here’s the event page.  I’ll be the poet crying in the front row — this time tears of joy!

Please sign up for her mailing list (and get a free download), buy her album and spread the word about this show!!

Teri's New Album.  Very Joni-esque circa "Clouds."

Teri’s New Album. Very Joni-esque circa “Clouds.”

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