Natalie McAnulla

Natalie McAnulla is a passionate advocate for prison arts programs.

Natalie McAnulla is a passionate advocate for prison arts programs.

Name Natalie McAnulla
Poetry or Stage Name: Natalie McAnulla

Activism: We need more prison arts programs. I have deep concern for how we as Americans define crime and punishment. My education thus far and future lifes’ work will be to understand these heady words more fully and work towards a healthy definition of crime. Punishment, as it plays out in our society, is an old idea of caging and a new idea of financially punitive probation. This isn’t a way to create a healthy society. My work seeks to change this.

Peer Support: I have had the opportunity to facilitate poetry workshops for women recently released from prison. These prison arts programs have the capacity to change lives on the inside to prepare them for their return to society. I haven’t really figured out yet how to use my community connections to support others with my art in a large and/or sustainable way.

Gigs I would like to be booked for: Poetry readings and workshop facilitation would be my strengths. I would like to design amazing prison arts programs that have sustainable funding.

Poem:

Surrounded by Mantras

A sacred soliloquy of empowered herbal words

Khat Kanna Kava Kratom
Wormwood Xhosa
Syrian Rue Dagga
Jurema Iboga
Chacruna Achuma
San Pedro
Datura Chaliponga Caapi Maca Mugwort
Mullein Yohimbe

Plant names whispered
a botanical magic

that can be like Kali, destroy or create
their sounds, the lands they belong to
ancient people discovered these plants; their power.

these words,
balms unto themselves –
their leaves, roots, flowers, fruits
love for all bodies
minds
hearts
that want to heal.

Health Care Activism: Prison Arts Programs

What I would like to tell the Recovery Movement: Reasonable and workable ways to add healthful activities into busy and poor people’s lives. Prison arts programs have an excellent track record and should be added to many places.

Health Insurance Success Story: As a university student I was eligible for good health care coverage, and when I graduated I was able to get on Medicaid even though I didn’t have a job. This was one factor in my decision to stay in Colorado after graduation instead of moving back into Kansas.

Natalie’s Infographic:

Prison Arts Programs can help move people from Tertiary Care, with huge costs, into lower levels of care where society saves money. But it's more human, too.

Prison Arts Programs can help move people from Tertiary Care, with huge costs, into lower levels of care where society saves money. But it’s more human, too.