EarSay is an artist-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. Our projects bridge the divide between documentary and expressive forms in books, exhibitions, on stage, in sound & electronic media. We are committed to fostering understanding across cultures, generations, gender and class, through artistic productions and education. We bring our work to theatres, museums, schools, festivals and universities. Scroll over the top menu to view projects, get information, shop, etc.

Live Outdoor Concert

We are pleased to announce Vocalist Alicia Waller and Writer/Performer Judith Sloan have been RECOGNIZED WITH $5,000 CITY ARTISTS CORPS GRANT FROM NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS (NYFA) AND THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS (DCLA). In addition EarSay received funding from the  THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS (DCLA) and by the New York State Council on the Arts NYSCA Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grant with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Please join us SUNDAY OCTOBER 3 @3pm for a free concert on the OUTDOOR STAGE AT the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Jamaica NY 11432. RSVP LINK BELOW!


Continental Divide From Crossing the BLVD

In 2002 Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan interviewed Shekaiba Wakili for inclusion in the Crossing the BLVD book, exhibition and audio CD. This piece was composed by Scott Johnson for Crossing the BLVD. Shekaiba reflects on her love for and memories of Afghanistan, her displacement and longing for home. On August 15, 2021, almost 20 years after the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. the Taliban took over control of Kabul. We revisit this piece to honor the lives and pain of those fleeing the Taliban, those who fled the Russian invasion and those Afghans scattered throughout the world.

Excerpts from 1001 Voices

The anthem from 1001 Voices – A Symphony for a New America (music Frank London text Judith Sloan) closes out the concert for Queens College Choral Society. Thanks to everyone involved, especially conductor James John and co-creator Warren Lehrer.

To see the full symphony excerpt go here:

To see the choir from Dec. 9, 2020 go here:

Warren Lehrer on Design Matters: Listen Here

Debbie Millman interviews Warren Lehrer, writer, an artist and designer. His books are graphically and typographically eye-popping, and his multi-media works have influenced two generations of designers. He’s worked in audio, print, video, and theater, and his work has been collected by museums like MOMA and the Getty. He’s is a living, breathing example that what a creative person can do is limited only by the scope of their interests and passions. He’s here to talk about his career, and about his latest project—a book of visual poems written by Dennis J. Bernstein that Warren composed for the page. And a very special thank you to AC Hotels by Marriott, Member of Marriott Bonvoy, for their support of this episode. AC Hotels. The Perfectly Precise Hotel. #InPaidPartnershipwithACHotels

Five Oceans In a Teaspoon, Available now!

EarSay is delighted to announce the publication of Warren Lehrer and Dennis J Bernstein’s new book Five Oceans in a Teaspoon (Paper Crown Press, September 2019).

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“Brilliant and beautiful! Thank you for bringing in the new.”Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, author of The Color Purple.

“Bernstein and Lehrer—the Lennon and McCartney of viz-lit—have reunited at the height of their creative powers. Five Oceans in a Teaspoon speaks to the madness, vulnerability, aspiration and language of our time. The gutsiness and raw emotion of the writing, revelatory appeal of the visual compositions, and brevity of the form creates an intensely moving experiential journey.” Steven Heller, Design and Visual Culture Historian, author New York Times Book Review Visuals column

“In the long history of graphic word works, few, if any, have this range and repleteness…A completely virtuosic work.” Johanna Drucker Foremost Vis Lit scholar, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, UCLA

“Five Oceans in a Teaspoon re-envisions a poetry memoir via a textual kaleidoscope… Bernstein and Lehrer are the Rodgers and Hart of Visual Poetry.” Bob Holman Poet, poetry activist chronicler, founder: Bowery Poetry Club