Natalie E. Illum is a poet, disability activist and singer living in Washington DC. She is a 2017
Jenny McKean Moore Poetry Fellow, as well as a non-fiction editor for The Deaf Poets Society
Literary Journal. She is a founding board member of mothertongue, a women’s open mic that
lasted 15 years. She competed on the National Poetry Slam circuit and is the 2013 Beltway
Grand Slam Champion. Her work has appeared in various publications, and on NPR’s Snap
Judgement. She loves whiskey and giraffes more than people.