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Natalie E. Illum
Natalie E. Illum is a poet, 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 Word Warriors: 35 Women of the Spokenword Revolution and Full Moon on K Street, as well as 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 performed with many artists across the US, including Michelle Tea, Eileen Myles, Buddy Wakefield and Andrea Gibson. Her writing centers around disability, identity and autobiography. She has an MFA in creative writing from American University, and teaches workshops in a variety of venues."

Entries by Natalie E. Illum

Social Media Backlash: How I Went From Beautiful to Being a Stuck Up B*tch In Less Than 12 Hours

(12) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Recently, I published an article about my disability and beauty on The Body is Not An Apology's blog. Within 24 hours, editors from The Hairpin, Huffington Post and XOJane contact me with plans to republish it. "Why I No Longer...

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Why I No Longer Apologize for My Crutches

(13) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 7:24 AM

Note: Some of the below images could be considered NSFW

Denise Jolly figured it out within the first few frames of our photo shoot: I don't like to smile. Or, more accurately, I have a fake smile. The one that has haunted me for years. The one that shows my...

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