Natalie E. Illum is a founding board member of mothertongue, spoken word and creative writing non-profit for women and young girls for the last 14 years. She has an MFA in creative writing from American University and teaches poetry workshops in a variety of community venues. Her writing has been published in Growing Up Girl (GirlChild Press, 2006), Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders of the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press, 2007), and Full Moon On K Street (Manic D. Press, 2010), an anthology that features poems about Washington DC from 1950 to the present, among others. Natalie has been competing on the National Poetry Slam circuit for 3 years. She is the Executive Producer of Capturing Fire: a national slam for queer-identified poets, and a featured poet in the 2010 Split This Rock Poetry Festival of Provocation and Witness. She is currently working on a solo show called Spastic about her disability. She tours throughout the US performing and teaching poetry.