Warren Lehrer Print (Magazine) Book Club.

Thursday May 16, 4pm 2024, Print (Magazine) Book Club. Warren talks with designer/author icons Debbie Millman and Steven Heller about his two forthcoming books, Jericho’s Daughter and Riveted in the Word, which are launching simultaneously. This is also a remote event. Read more about the two new books, the Book Club event, and Register at this link. It’s Free: https://www.printmag.com/book-club/warren-lehrer-jerichos-daughter-riveted-in-the-word/

Warren Lehrer Book Launch for 2 new books. Center for Book Arts in Manhattan May 31 at 6:30pm and Topaz Arts in Queens June 1 at 4pm.

Image of Jericho’s Daughter book cover open
Pictured here from left to right: Najla Said, Warren Lehrer, Judith Sloan

PLEASE NOTE_ Friday Evening performance is close to sold out- Please join us Saturday or get on a waitlist by emailing info@earsay.org

Join us Friday May 31, 6:30pm 2024 for Warren Lehrer’s DOUBLE BOOK LAUNCH at The Center for Book Arts,28 West 27th St. NYC, 3rd Floor, NYC. The books: Jericho’s Daughter is Lehrer’s anti-war, feminist retelling of the biblical tale of Rahab, with original images by painter Sharon Horvath, bound in a wraparound dos-à-dos binding. Riveted in the Word is an electronic book inspired by the true story of an American history professor/writer regaining language after a devasting stroke; soundtrack by Andrew Griffin, programmed by Artemio Morales. The Double Book Launch features performance/readings by Warren and Palestinian-American actor/author Najla Said (Jericho’s Daughter) and actor/author/EarSay Co-Director Judith Sloan. Followed by Q&A and signing with Lehrer and collaborators. Moderated by CBA Director Corina Reynolds. This is an in-person event with drink and refreshments. Admission is free but seating is limited. Reservations here. Note it defaults to one dollar, you can zero it out or make a donation.

Saturday June 1, 4pm 2024, Topaz Arts, 55-03 39th Avenue, Woodside (Queens), NY. Warren Launches his Two New Books as part of Topaz’ Arts 2024 Spring Salon. Features performance/readings by Warren, Najla Said (Jericho’s Daughter) and Judith Sloan. Signing with Lehrer and collaborators. The Salon also includes performances by pianist/performer Mary Prescott, and visual artists/performance duo Abang-guard (Maureen Catbagan + Jevijoe Vitug). This is an in-person event. Admission is free. For more info and to register, visit this link: http://www.topazarts.org/

Imperfect Allies with Judith Sloan and Najla Said

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Friday Oct 6 7 pm

Ouvert Oeuvre: Openings book Launch event with Adeena Karasick and Warren Lehrer

Please join us on October 6 at 7pm at Center for Book Arts for an in-person event celebrating the (official) launch of Adeena Karasick and Warren Lehrer’s stunning and provocative new book Ouvert Oeuvre: Openings. The night will begin with a multimedia performance/reading, followed by a conversation with Lehrer and Karasick moderated by CBA Director Corina Reynolds, followed by a signing, and food, drink and festivities.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP.

October 28, 8 pm

An evening with Judith Sloan and Friends. 

Peoples’ Voice Cafe at Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall
239 Thompson Street, between West 3rd & West 4th Streets • New York, NY 10012
Theater, monologues, poetry, music, film

Judith Sloan is an actor, audio artist, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. Her stories take the audience on journeys  about the trials and tribulations of teaching in prisons and youth detention centers, migration, refuge, the climate crisis, and navigating bureaucracies. She will be performing excerpts of songs and monologues  from various theater projects including IT CAN HAPPEN HERE; Yo Miss!; Crossing the BLVD and a new work in progress, This is Not a Drill, written in collaboration with Andrew Griffin. Her work has been supported by the New York Foundation on the Arts, commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and support from NYU professional development fund. She will be joined by guest performers including  poet, performer, playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes, filmmaker and visual sociologist for PEP’s research lab Mychal Pagan, and playwright Mêlisa Annis. Special guest author/performer Najla Said.

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May 20 at 7:30 PM
Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 East Third Street, NY NY 10009
Advance TIX: $10 /$15 at the door.
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featuring performances by
Judith Sloan, Adeena Karasick, Warren Lehrer

with musicians and composers
Drew Griffin, Em Wexler, Dom Frigo, Jen Anaya, Mark Klett

Saturday Nov 19 at 8pm Songs, Stories, Monologues Refuge and Finding Home

Tickets in Advance Recommended. CLICK HERE

Performance Sunday May 22 @5pm

Sunday May 22@ 5 pm.
St. Marks Church in the Bowery
Vissi Dance Theater Premiers Breathe
guest performances by Judith Sloan, Andrew Griffin, Lee Lund Studio of Dance and Poet Gold


Sun, May 22, 2022. 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery 131 E 10th St New York, NY 10003

Legendary club dancer, author, founder and modern dance choreographer, Courtney Ffrench, will premiere his most recent collaborative work Breathe, featuring music by Dr. Darrell Smith of the Dal Segno Trio and the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Breathe speaks of the servant trapped in a caste system that condemns the person to servitude for their entire existence. So low is this servant, that they are required to walk backwards while wiping away their foot prints, so they don’t offend. This servant will die as they were born; The Untouchable.

Section two explores the demand for pure physical labor through exploitation, manufactured wars, economic systems i.e., slavery, indentured service, serfdom and capitalism. This servant works at the pleasure of the ruling class and fights perpetually for the right of self-determination; The Picker.

Thousands of Korean women, were used as sex slaves to Japanese soldiers in World War 2. In fact, this atrocity was not limited to Korean women, but throughout history, men have shown a bottomless appetite for sexual exploitation. This servant is displayed ubiquitously through out the modern world, from street corners to glass-wall bedrooms in the Redlight District; The Comfort Woman.

Language Maintenance

Virtual Performance
Sunday March 6, 4pm eastern, 3pm central

a solo show performed and written by San Antonio actor
Georgette Lockwood

Script development and direction
Judith Sloan

A story about a secret artist, immigration, bilingual education, and the ripple effects of trauma between mothers and daughters.

Admission is free: MAKE A RESERVATION HERE
We will send you the zoom link

A note from Georgette: “This story began as an exhibition of haunting, striking art made by my mother, Rocio Alvarado Lockwood. Some of the images were familiar to me, and some I had never seen before. My family discovered memoirs scribbled in between her lecture notes on Bilingual Education. As I walked around the exhibition, I had a feeling that something was missing. Her diaries shed light on her strange images including dancing skeletons and dolls whose mouths are rubbed out. The pictures portray the pain and discrimination of an immigrant child, a pain that echoes in me when I remember my mom. A voice told me to keep searching for the light, as if Rocio was telling me, “If I went through all this, it is good we all know it so as not to repeat.” I consider this play the “other” exhibition, where we see the strength of love that transforms pain, so that we may transform it ourselves.”

A new project supported by the Network of Ensemble Theaters Virtual Exploration Grant

Thanks for Showing Up and Staying Safe

An Afternoon of Theatre in Brooklyn, Sunday Dec 5 @2pm Ticket link below!

TICKETS $15 includes light refreshments. Performance followed by a talkback.

Or you can make a reservation here and receive an invoice: [email protected]

Palestinian-American author, actress, playwright, and activist Najla Said performs her one-woman show for one afternoon only. Daughter of Edward W. Said, the Columbia University professor who until his death in 2003 was a cultural critic and public intellectual known  for his book Orientalism, Najla guides the audience through her coming-of-age story. She shares her journey from growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to becoming an Arab-American on her own terms. Directed by Sturgis Warner

“There’s something heroic about her broader stance to a topic that generates fury and recrimination, she brings a lightness and a steadfast refusal to hate.” New York Times

Opening Act by actress/writer/audio artist Judith Sloan “A welcome voice crying in the contemporary wilderness of political correctness… seasoned with tolerance and joie de vivre.” Theater Week

A physically distanced, socially engaged event. Audience must show proof of vaccine and wear masks.

A.R.T./New York
LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space in The Great Room, 2nd floor
138 South Oxford Street
(between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Presented by EarSay, with support 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.

FREE PERFORMANCE OCT 23 @ 4pm Queens Theatre

Writer/actress Judith Sloan presents songs from two of her projects: 
It Can Happen Here and 1001 Voices: Symphony for a New America Featuring singers:  Meah Pace, Melissa McMillan, Alba Ponce de Leon, Michelle Beth Herman, with Dominic Frigo on keyboard.  “Sloan is a welcome voice crying in the contemporary wilderness of political correctness. On-the-money satire seasoned with tolerance and joie de vivre.” Theater Week  Special Guest Artist Najla Said will perform an excerpt  from her solo show, Palestine. “There’s something heroic about her broader stance to a topic that generates fury and recrimination, she brings a lightness and a steadfast refusal to hate.” NY Times 


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, 153-10 Jamaica AvenueJamaica NY 11432. RSVP LINK BELOW!


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:

Exhibition now on view at Center for Book Arts January 16 through March 28, 2020

Center for Book Arts Foyer Gallery: 28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
This exhibition explores Warren Lehrer’s approach to visualizing poetry and prose in multi-branched projects through books, typography, animation, performance, and collaboration.
Warren Lehrer: Books, Animation, Performance, Collaboration explores Lehrer’s approach to visualizing poetry and prose in multi-branched projects through books, typography, animation, performance, and collaboration. The centerpiece is Lehrer’s newest book/project, Five Oceans in a Teaspoon, a collaboration with poet/investigative journalist Dennis J Bernstein (Paper Crown Press, 2019). In addition to the Five Oceans in a Teaspoon book, the exhibit includes 27 prints of individual poems and a reel of a dozen animations. The exhibit also features some of Lehrer’s previous books and animations/films/performances that branch from them, including: Globalization: Preventing the Sameness of the World and clips from 1001 Voices: Symphony for a New America—offshoots of Crossing the BLVD (W.W. Norton) co-authored with Judith Sloan; and animations and films used in Lehrer’s performances of his illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley (Goff Books). Lehrer and Bernstein’s first book/play FRENCH FRIES (1984, VSW), and other solo and collaborative bookworks provide further context.
Read about it in Art & Object:
When Word and Image are One: Warren Lehrer’s Visual Literature

2018 Indigo Design Award for 1001 Voices

Warren Lehrer wins a 2018 Indigo Design Award in Mix Media/Moving Image for 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America. It was one of four recipients given by the prestigious international design competition in the Motion Graphics category. The motion graphics runs throughout the 38 minute work and is an integral component of the multimedia symphony.

1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America excerpts. from EarSay Inc on Vimeo.
This 13 minute excerpt reel is made from the December 2017 performance at the Kupferberg Performing Arts Center. Music Director James John.

1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America
Composed by Frank London   Libretto by Judith Sloan   Projections by Warren Lehrer

1001 Voices: a Symphony for a New America is a three-movement symphony/oratorio scored for orchestra, chorus and visual projections. The multimedia work is about migration, transformation, and the search for home. It is a 21st century, musical/poetic expression of the challenges and aspirations of so many of today’s American cities and their inhabitants who hail from many different parts of the globe. It is inspired by stories of immigrants and refugees in Queens, NY—the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States. 1001 Voices serves as an antidote to the poisonous and flattening rhetoric about immigrants and refugees currently dividing the United States and the globe. 1001 Voices is a collaboration between Grammy-Award-winning composer, trumpeter, and Klezmatics band member Frank London, EarSay’s Judith Sloan and the animated projections designed by EarSay’s Warren Lehrer.

Originally commissioned and premiered by the Queens Symphony Orchestra, this work can performed by full orchestras and choirs as well as by smaller orchestras and contemporary music ensembles and as few as four vocalists. Scores are available upon request. If you’re interested in the possibility of performing this work or want more information, contact: [email protected].

It Can Happen Here

Saturday March 7, 8 PM at the Queens Theater

Reading/Performance of the work-in-development of
It Can Happen Here a play with music written by Judith Sloan
Free Make a Reservation Here

Cast includes Sasha BoykinYael ReichBianca Vitale, Judith Sloan and Gabrielle Flores.Director Alexandra Aron. Music collaboration with Emily Wexler and Josh Valleau.

About the play: The title, It Can Happen Here, refers to the Sinclair Lewis novel, It Can’t Happen Here, which chronicled the fictitious election of a power-hungry politician who stirred up fear by promising a return to patriotism. For nine months, Sloan — award-winning playwright/actor and longtime chronicler of Queens (Crossing the BLVD1001 Voices: Symphony for a New America) — talked with residents of Southeastern Queens about our hopes, fears, and aspirations. “What struck me over and over were stories of love and support that often fly under the radar in times of extreme duress. I decided to zoom in on conversations between women. Like the novel, It Can’t Happen Here, my play is inspired by real events,” says Sloan. In the play, Riva and Serena, two hairdressers from different generations and races, embark on a dream and create a sound studio in the basement of their hair salon in a Queens neighborhood. We hear humorous stories about their families, customers, and neighbors, as well as discussions of gentrification and our current political climate. Then, when a family member of one of their clients faces deportation, the women are confronted with a moral dilemma. 

EarSay Artist Alicia Waller in Performance

Rockwood Music Hall, February 10, 8 pm. Tickets here. 

Alicia Waller works with EarSay on several projects. She is a New York City-based soprano, vocalist, and songwriter seeking to integrate a range of diverse musical traditions through a performance practice that centers around the female voice. To hear her is to encounter an incredibly versatile musician with a seemingly insatiable appetite for artistic exploration. She is, for example, a classically trained opera singer as well as an avid interpreter of a number of Latin and vernacular forms from around the world. (more…)

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

It Can Happen Here: Stories from “Imperfect Allies”

October 24th, 2019 8 pm, Flushing Town Hall

Dialogue, Performance and Podcast Event.

Hosted by writer/audio artist/actor Judith Sloan, with guest artists singer/actress Meah Pace, musician/performer Emily Wexler, choreographer/manager of Jamaica Performing Arts Center Courtney Ffrench, singer Priya Darshini, musician and artist Claire Marie Lim.

In a time of xenophobic national policies and a heightened discussion among progressives about issues of race, class, gender and ethnicity, this event aims to elicit and listen to stories that reveal ways that multi-ethnic, multi-racial collaborations address these issues with nuance and accountability. This live event reveals the behind-the scenes process of creating a play that deals with difficult dialogues. Audience members are encouraged to bring stories about dialogues that they have had that were able to bridge a conflict or address misunderstandings. How do we have open conversations in a climate of cancel culture?

Link to signature song: https://itcanhappenhere.hearnow.com/

Made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Warren Lehrer and Dennis J Bernstein Interviewed on WNYC

Listen to the interview on the Brian Lehrer show.


Five Oceans in a Teaspoon – Release Date September 19, 2019


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). Place your preorder now and reserve a seat for the Sept 27th NY Book Launch event at the Chelsea (Market) Wine Vault, 410 West 16th Street at Ninth Avenue. 7 pm. Free with a reservation:

“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

Book Launch on September 27th
. If you’re in the New York Area, please come celebrate the publication of Five Oceans in a Teaspoon at the NY Book Launch Performance/Reading Bash at Chelsea (Market) Wine Vault Event Space. Seating is Limited.

Hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, with Warren Lehrer & Dennis J Bernstein and Special Guests Judith Sloan, J-Ha Hasegawa, Andrew Griffin, Alicia Waller & others.

Event is FREE with a reservation.


Queens in Manhattan Performance

Queens in Manhattan, Crossing the BLVD & It Can Happen Here – One Night Only

Monday July 8, 7 pm, New York Institute of Technology Auditorium on Broadway  1871 Broadway between 61st and 62nd Streets New York, NY 10023
BUY TICKETS NOW -$10 Advance TIX: $15 at door  

New York Institute of Technology, School of Interdisciplinary Studies & Education
presents a multimedia theatrical performance of Crossing the BLVD  followed by short excerpts from Sloan’s new work IT CAN HAPPEN HERE. Judith Sloan and guest actors in an evening of stories about migration, refuge and finding home.

Featured performers include:

Judith Sloan, Vick Krishna, Bianca Vitali, Sasha Boykin,
Maria Sofia Hernandez, Meah Pace and Prince Jones

“…a whirlwind tour and love poem of what has often been called the most racially and ethnically diverse county in America. The New York Times

Winner 2004 Brendan Gill Prize Municipal Art Society of NY

“Immigrant life as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America’s big cities.” The Washington Post

“Crossing boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. Electrifying!” Eve Ensler, author The Vagina Monologues

As immigration policy is hotly debated around the country, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America presents the human stories of why immigrants and refugees have migrated to the US and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post-9/11.

Borderless Narratives: Past Present Future

Saturday June 1, 8pm City Lore, 56 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
Advance TIX: $10 TIX at door $15

EarSay Voices

Borderless Narratives  Past, Present, Future

Hosted by Judith Sloan featuring performances by Alicia Waller, Bianca Vitale, Emily Wexler, Raffi Marhaba, Salomé Egas, Kimberly Morales, and excerpts from writing by youth from the International High School at LaGuardia Community College.

An evening of stories, songs, monologues about migration, refuge and finding home.   (more…)

Judith Sloan one of 6 Women Honored at Jamaica Performing Arts Center

Join us on Saturday March 23rd at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.
Come at 4:30 for Cocktails and Conversation with some of the actors from It Can Happen Here to support the future of the work. Stay to see the concert at 7pm.

Vissi Dance Theater is honoring 6 recipients for outstanding service to our community in recognition of Women’s History Month: Petula Beckles, Kerri Edge, Tajuana Hamm, Maria James, Malikka Karteron and Judith Sloan.


It Can Happen Here at City Lore

Friday Feb. 15 and Saturday Feb. 16th at 7:30
Advance TIX: $10 TIX at door $15

Performed by Meah Pace, Judith Sloan, Lisette Santiago, Bianca Vitali, and Emily Wexler.
Directed by Alexandra Aron.

Performances will be followed by a talkback.

Friday February 15th Moderated by Margaret Rose Vendryes, Chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts and Director of the Fine Arts Gallery at York College, Queens, New York.

Saturday February 16th Moderated by John Kuo Wei Tchen, Inaugural Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities at Rutgers University.

In “It Can Happen Here,” two hairdressers-one black, one white-in an ever-changing neighborhood in Queens, embark on a new dream from their two-chair hair salon. They follow their passion for singing and nurturing a community in the midst of a national political climate of chaos, division and autocracy. These two women from different generations have lived next door to each other for 34 years and have worked together for over a decade. They confront the repressive political climate and gentrification with idiosyncrasies and humor, until one of their clients, facing a deportation crisis, presents them with a moral dilemma.



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Queens Council on the Arts presented the first iteration of  It Can Happen Here, a new play in development written  by Artist Commissioning Program  Awardee Judith Sloan.

Judith Sloan’s Artist Commissioning Program project, It Can Happen Here, is a reference to the Sinclair Lewis novel It Can’t Happen Here, which chronicled the fictitious election of a power-hungry politician who stirred up fear by promising a return to patriotism. For nine months Sloan — playwright/actor and longtime chronicler of Queens (Crossing the BLVD1001 Voices: Symphony for a New America) — talked with residents of Southeastern Queens about our hopes, fears, and aspirations.

“What struck me over and over were stories of love and support that often fly under the radar in times of extreme duress. I decided to zoom in on conversations between women. Like the novel It Can’t Happen Here, my play is inspired by real events,” says Sloan.

In It Can Happen Here, two hairdressers—one black, one white— in an ever-changing neighborhood in Queens, embark on a new dream. They follow their passion for singing and nurturing a community in the midst of a national political climate of chaos, division and  autocracy. Through their journey they reveal stories of their customers, family members and neighbors, including a DACA recipient, an immigration lawyer, and an elder who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy.

Warren Lehrer help launch new Pratt Institute Book Arts Minor

On Wednesday April 18, 2018, Warren Lehrer presented a performance of A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley at Pratt Institute as the launch event for their new Book Arts Program.

In his funny, thought provoking performance/reading based on his illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley, Warren presents an overview of his protagonist’s life in books via many of Mobley’s book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts.

A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s controversial author protagonist who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. In his funny, thought provoking performance/reading, Lehrer presents an overview of Mobley’s life in books via many of his book covers, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of book excerpts.

Poetry in Windows Public Art Installation: 1001 Voices: An Anthem for a New America

This Window Exhibition was on view at CUNY School of Law from May 2017 through February 2018. We are currently seeking a new home for the installation.

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ONE NIGHT performance of 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America

On Saturday December 16 at 8pm, Colden Auditorium Queens College
in collaboration with the Queens Choral Society and the Aaron Copland School of Music, 900 people came to see the full performance of 1001 Voices. Video excerpts coming soon.


Queens College Choral Society 77th Annual Winter Concert


Judith Sloan Awarded Commissioning Grant

Queens Council on the Arts announces four selected artists for the Inaugural Year of the Artist Commission Program. Judith Sloan hosts an event for her commission of a new work  “IT CAN HAPPEN HERE” a new theatrical performance developed from gathering stories of anguish and defiance in the face of xenophobia and repression.

3 pm Saturday December 2nd  Performance & Storytelling Workshop York College, Jamaica Queens. Free and Open to the Public.   RSVP HERE

Sloan will present excerpts of the work in progress accompanied by Andrew Griffin on Viola.


Judith Sloan Performances

Saturday December 16 at 8pm
1001 Voices: A Symphony for a new America.
A collaboration between EarSay and the Queens Choral Society and the Aaron Copland School of Music with 120 voice choir. Composed by Frank London, Libretto by Judith Sloan, Animations by Warren Lehrer.
Saturday December 16, 2017 at Colden Auditorium.


Recent Past performances:

Thursday July 27 Brunswick, ME.

Saturday July 29, 7 pm. Reversing Falls Sanctuary
Brooksville, ME. Advance TIX and More Info Click Here

Saturday August 5, 7pm. Eastport Arts Center
Eastport, ME. Advance TIX and More Info Click Here

Monday August 7, 7 pm Schoodic Arts Festival
Winter Harbor, ME. Advance TIX and More Info CLICK HERE

Judith Sloan Performances!

Saturday December 3

Judith Sloan hosted EARSAY Youth Voices Nuyorican Poet

Come celebrate fifteen years of EarSay’s Youth program in theatre and radio in an evening of performances featuring stories of immigrant youth from Queens New York! Performances about dreams, hopes, fears, risks and living in the most ethnically diverse county in the United States through poetry, music, monologues and song created and performed in collaboration with NYU students from Gallatin School of Inidividualized Study and students from the International High School at LaGuardia Community College.

Featuring singer Alicia Waller and musicians EarSay Youth Voices project includes Emily Wexler- assistant director. NYU students include Salome Egas, Cheryle Chong, Clayton Fejes, Eugenie Thompson and Chloe Troast. International High School students include: Luis Miguel Acero, Sarmistha Das, Gabriela Cruz, Milagros Duran Baez, Trneem Esmail, Juan Gutierrez Perez, Julio Hernandez, Mukarrambon Kasimova, Kenya Lopez, Bianlamar Marquez, Jermain Mercado, Tamara Morales, Masud Rana, David Reyeg, Iosifina Rutledge, Gabriela Snitko.

Recent shows:
Tuesday November 1, at CUNY Law School
Thursday September 29, 7pm Yo Miss! at WNYC’s The Greene Space, accompanied by Andrew Griffin. This event kicks off Brian Lehrer’s live event Election 2016 series. For four consecutive weeks, he’ll lead the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives. watch the video of the talkback here!


Warren Lehrer was honored by the Center for Book Arts in NYC “for his contribution to book arts and its connection to the broader world of contemporary art.”

“Every year The Center for Book Arts honors three important people who have and continue to inform the book arts field, such as curators, librarians, collectors, organizations, and, of course, artists.” Lehrer was recognized as one of the 2016 honorees at this year’s Center for Book Arts Gala Benefit on April 4th at the National Arts Club in NYC. The other honorees this year were May Castleberry, librarian at MoMA, and Peter Kraus, proprietor of Ursus Books.

Lehrer’s Center for Book Arts award describes him as a “Pioneer in visual literature and design authorship” and honors him for his “commitment to furthering the mission of The Center for Book Arts and championing the Art of the Book.”

On March 24 Warren Lehrer premiered the A LIFE IN BOOKS: Bleu Mobley Retrospective Exhibition at the O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston, Downtown. Based on Lehrer’s award-winning illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS, the exhibition presents itself as a retrospective of Bleu Mobley’s life work. It encompasses over 250 pieces, including all 101+ Bleu Mobley book jackets, accompanied by “original” catalogue descriptions, select interior pages, book-like objects, animations and video performances of book excerpts, and facsimiles of letters, articles, notebooks, and other artifacts that help tell the Bleu Mobley story.


A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. Mobley’s autobiography/apologia is paired with a review of all 101 of his books, each represented by its first-edition cover design and catalog copy, and more than a third of his books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (if ethically challenged) visionary. A LIFE IN BOOKS explores the creative process of a writer/artist, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.

A LIFE IN BOOKS is the winner of 9 Awards including: The 2015 International Book Award – Best New Fiction, The 2014 IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award for “Most Original Concept” (Independent Publisher), The 2014 Best New Fiction Award (USA Best Books), a Next Generation Indie Book Award, a National Indie Book Award, a CBAA Exhibition Prize, and a Print Magazine Regional Design Award

Visit the A LIFE IN BOOKS website

In his funny, thought provoking performance/readings, Warren Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s life in books via many of Mobley’s book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts.

To inquire about booking the exhibition and/or Warren Lehrer’s performances and lectures contact [email protected]

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Lehrer recently completed a book of visual poetry in collaboration with the investigative journalist and poet Dennis Bernstein titled The Bullet That Pierced His Son’s Skull. Bernstein’s poems, Lehrer’s visualization. The book contains 254 poems, eight chapters, and runs 340 pages. To be published sometime next year. Stay tuned!

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