I’M PERFORMING IN NJ AT THE SKYLINE SESSIONS ON JUNE 14, 2014   Leave a comment

I'M PERFORMING IN NJ AT THE SKYLINE SESSIONS ON JUNE 14, 2014

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Posted May 28, 2014 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

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Thank you HuffPost for supporting #socialmediabacklash #cybercatcall #putmisogynyonblast.   1 comment

Today, the Huffington Post published an article I wish I didn’t have to write.   In fact, they published it within 5 minutes of receiving it.  Of course, technology can be used for good and evil.

 

I debated whether or not to write this article and give this person’s harassment and misogyny any more of my time (or yours), but here’s why I did: Before the Internet, it would have at least taken a few days, and much more effort (i.e., postage and possibly a phone book) for his hate speech to reach me. But thanks to instant messaging, I can go from “lovely” and “gorgeous” to “ugly and fat” in less than 12 hours. In fact, his last two opinions reached me in under a minute.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natalie-e-illum/social-media-backlash-how_b_5325449.html

Please share, re-post on TUMBLR, Tweet, etc.  I know some of this is a repeat for some of you, but I really appreciate it.

Poet and Activist Andrea Gibson also shared the original piece earlier today on Tumblr.  You can find it here: http://andrewgibby.tumblr.com/

You can follow me on Instagram now…   Leave a comment

I finally joined a couple of weeks ago. My hands still shake when I take my own photos, but I do LOVE the filter options!! I still think “selfie” is a horrible “word.”

 

http://instagram.com/poetryrox#

 

Some samples below.

Photo by Heather K. Holding my friend's assistance dog.

Photo by Heather K. Holding my friend’s assistance dog.

Photo by Valerie Chepp.  Mural by C. Martin, 2014 My crutches are added.

Photo by Valerie Chepp. Mural by C. Martin, 2014
My crutches are added.

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Posted May 15, 2014 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

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We ARE enough!   1 comment

More Coverage of Disability, Body Image and Radical Self Acceptance by Jennifer Tress.

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Follow Jennifer Tress on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jdtress

Original photo below by Corwin Levi.  Filters by me.

You can see more of his artwork here: http://www.radiosebastian.com/ or here: https://www.facebook.com/radiosebastian

You can see more of our photo collaboration and follow me on instagram here: http://instagram.com/poetryrox#

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THE BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY   1 comment

THE BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY

Huge thanks to Sonya Renee Taylor and #TBINAA for posting this FIRST, and creating so much that is needed in this Universe.  FOLLOW THEM ❤ 

Thank you so much to the editors at XO Jane for the reprint:

http://www.xojane.com/it-happened-to-me/natalie-illum-why-i-no-longer-apologize-for-my-crutches

AND to the editors at the Huffington Post for all their support today:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/natalie-e-illum/why-i-no-longer-apologize-for-my-crutches_b_5248740.html

Extra love to the incredibly fierce poet and body activist Denise Jolly for all of her #BeBeautiful photos, which will all be posted soon

TONIGHT: THE BODIES VISABLE READING AT THE FRIDGE DC FEATURING DENISE JOLLY. Hosted by Natalie E. Illum.   Leave a comment

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TICKETS $8 through Eventbrite, $10 cash at door

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bodies-visible-reading-featuring-denise-jolly-and-dc-area-poets-with-disabilities-tickets-11010932997

The Bodies Visible reading will feature Denise Jolly, international spoken word and performance artist, and founder of the Be Beautiful project, as well as local artist whose bodies are alternative and outside of mainstream culture. The reading will explore our experiences through real talk, humor, poetry and storytelling. Hosted by Natalie E. Illum. Opening performers include Heather Kerstetter, Tyler Vile, Julia Takes FlightTaylor Carmen 
 
This event is fully ADA accessible.
 
DENISE JOLLY is the creator of the Be Beautiful Project. She is a Writer, Performer and Artist Educator. She is the former Executive Director of Seattle Youth Speaks, and Vice President of Stronghold Productions. Denise’s work stands at the intersection of gender, class, sexuality, and body. She has taught and performed at colleges, universities, community centers, and public and private schools all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe, working with student populations in elementary through college and beyond. She likes doing great things with amazing people and being moved by art, community and how the two work together.

 

Posted March 31, 2014 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

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NEXT SHOW: 3/31/14 BAY-AREA POET DENISE JOLLY RETURNS TO DC FOR THE BODIES VISIBLE READING AND MORE!   Leave a comment

The Bodies Visible Reading featuring Denise Jolly and DC Area Poets with Disabilities.  I’ll be hosting!

 

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bodies-visible-reading-featuring-denise-jolly-and-dc-area-poets-with-disabilities-tickets-11010932997

 

Posted March 19, 2014 by Natalie E. Illum in Uncategorized

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