Biography: 
The Town Crier, Raymond Nat Turner, is a NYC poet privileged to have read at the Harriet Tubman Centennial Symposium. He is Artistic Director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble UpSurge! NYC and has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. He currently is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report; WBAI’s Tuesday Morning Show; Ralph Poynter’s “What’s Happening?” Blog Talk Radio. He’s also a frequent contributor to Dissident Voice, Struggle and other online and print publications. Turner's work has appeared in Women's Studies, Overthrowing Capitalism, Occupy Wall Street Anthology and five80split. He has opened for such people as James Baldwin, People’s Advocate Cynthia McKinney, sportswriter Dave Zirin and CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee following her lone vote against attacking Afghanistan. Turner is also a Steering Committee Member of the New York Chapter of the the National Writers Union (NWU) and a founding member of Radical Poets Collective (RPC).