• Crossing the BLVD Banner for EarSay site
  • Lehrer_A Life In Books banner for EarSay site briter
  • Yo Miss! banner for EarSay site

Wednesday November 14 @2:30 pm 2012
Lehrer and Sloan will present a Crossing the BLVD presentation as part of the Foundation year theme of PROTEST at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY
Perception Lab, Room 1016, Visual Arts Building

As immigration policy is hotly debated around the country in terms of national and cultural security, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America presents the very human stories of why immigrants and refugees have migrated to the U.S. and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post-9/11. Lehrer and Sloan will discuss their book, traveling exhibition, animations, audio CD and performance with photographs, sounds and stories and how this cross-platform project uses the tools of contemporary art to create a multimedia experience reflecting the changing face of America.

Winner 2004 Brendan Gill Prize Municipal Art Society of NY

“Immigrant life in Queens, as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America’s big cities… Archie Bunker doesn’t live here anymore — not in the Queens of Crossing the Blvd. The first-person narratives are engaging… The stories are so different, and yet many of the immigrants’ lives are so similar… What links them all is the desperation and desire that brought them here. As one immigrant says in Crossing the BLVD, ‘America can do without you, but you can’t do without America’.” The Washington Post Lynne Duke.

Crossing the BLVD is a powerful social record… Most of the subjects live in Queens, but their stories resonate far beyond the borders of this multicultural New York borough. What often gets lost in the national debate on immigration is the human dimension, an understanding of the lives of those people who give up everything to come here. Crossing the BLVD lets them tell their stories… We see the subjects’ faces in the photographs, hear their voices, and enter into their lives through cherished mementos they have carried from home to home… Extraordinary stories… a living work of art.” The New York Times Benjamin Genocchio

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


To find out more about the exhibition click here

View the video click here!


Judith Sloan Performances Coming UP!

SLOAN Featured on Maine Public Radio CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

COMING in 2016- March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, YO MISS! Transforming Trauma Into Art, Full show at LaMama Experimental Theater, NYC with Josh Henderson on viola.

Saturday and Sunday January 16 and 17, YO MISS! excerpts (APAP showcase) at Nuyorician Poets Cafe. NYC with EarSay Youth Opening Act.
Click here for tickets for Saturday Jan 16
Click here for ticket for Sunday Jan 17

 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. For over twenty years, Sloan has been producing and presenting interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media.  YO MISS was the keynote performance at the Biennial Trauma Conference in Baltimore October 2, and at the National Oral History Association Conference October 17 in Tampa, FL.

Fusing the art of theatre, poetry, and music, YO MISS! is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-telling show about immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth grappling with the cataclysmic events that shaped them. Using midi-controllers and an original musical score to accompany her compelling performance, Sloan remixes her own traumatic experiences with those of her students and transforms into a multitude of characters ages 14 to 80 years young.

“In YO MISS!, Judith Sloan’s art and teaching cross-pollinate. Performing with musical collaborators, she re-enacts and riffs on her experiences teaching teenagers from myriad worlds: refugee camps, struggling neighborhoods, prisons. It is a performance about performances, a story containing many stories.” New York Times

Crossing the BLVD is a whirlwind tour and love poem of what has often been called the most racially and ethnically diverse county in America. In the tradition of the playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Ms. Sloan performs “Crossing the BLVD” adopting the personae (and respectfully mimicking the accents) of the varied immigrants whose stories are in the book… The New York Times, City Room Blog, Sewell Chan

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

A world view that sees comedy and tragedy as two bones of the same skeleton in the closet. Superb!.”
The Scotsman (Scotland’s National Newspaper) Sara O’Sullivan (London)

“Funny and sad, topical and biting… Exquisite comic timing  best of all, Sloan can make you see your world in a slightly different way. And that’s what theater is supposed to do.” The Indianapolis Star

“In listening to what people have to say, Judith Sloan captures the essence of their lives…She is one part Studs Terkel, one part Lily Tomlin, two-parts originality.”
The Herald Bloomington, Indiana

Listen Here to excerpts of YO MISS! on SOUNDCLOUD

A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley

Warren Lehrer tour continues:

Nov 5, 7pm  CENTRAL BOOKING A Life In Books Performance/Reading, 21 Ludlow Street, NYC, 10002. F train to East Broadway 347.731.6559
Nov 10, 7pm First Tuesdays Reading Series Performance/Reading Terraza Café, Elmhurst, Queens, NY
Jan 7-9 College Book Art Association Conference: Telling the Story Panel Presentation/Discussion Nashville, TN
March 30-April 2, 2016 AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference Panel Presentation/Discussion “Story By Design: Visual Narratives Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

 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.

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.

News: Warren Lehrer’s illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS wins three more awards!
The 2015 International Book Award –  Best New Fiction
The 2015 International Book Award Best Cover Design, Fiction
The 2015 Paris Book Festival – Wild Card Award
Also, it was a Finalist for
2015 International Book Award – Best Interior Design
That’s 9 Awards A LIFE IN BOOKS has been honored with (so far), including:
for MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT” (Independent Publisher)
“A stunningly unique take on the novel that unabashedly explores the relationship between the narrator and reader, as well as the fragile and often blurry line that distinguishes truth and fiction. With A Life In Books, Lehrer has upended the modern novel form and its narrative limitations, creating a rich and engaging story through visual literature… Mind-blowing… reality bending… a laugh riot and a visual feast.”
The 2014 Best New Fiction Award USA Best Books Awards
and a Next Generation Indie Book Award, a National Indie Book Award, a CBAA Exhibition Prize (College Book Art Association), and a Print Magazine Regional Design Award (NYC).


Visit the A LIFE IN BOOKS website

Join mailing list for updates on performance, tour dates, exhibition, and enhanced e-book edition.
Join the mailing list

Scripps College Performance/Reading + Workshop Claremont, CA
EarSay Youth Voices / Transforming Trauma Into Art

Transforming Trauma Into Art
is an EarSay initiative, created and directed by Judith Sloan, born out of our partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College where many teenagers have emigrated to the U.S. from war-zones and conflict-zones. The premise of this workshop is based on healing through artistic expression using a combination of music, movement, theatre and storytelling. This process helps release the stories and stressors that prevent people—who have been traumatized by war, economic or natural disasters—from moving forward. This program brings an understanding of confronting obstacles through artistic expression to communities that are poor, displaced, or don’t have access to artistic training, serving approximately 450 students. The project grows out of our commitment to creating artistic works that evolve out of individual experience and community. In this case, the community is immigrant and refugee teenagers attending school in New York City. At a time of war, global tension, and polarization, our program encourages a depth of scholarship and storytelling that shapes the experience of the participants, giving them tools to make connections between cultures, shed light on the complexity and humanity of each individual, and deepen what it means or could mean to be part of a global community.

Thanks for your support.

Video: About the History of the Project

Globalization: Preventing the Sameness of the World NEW ANIMATION


This video, directed and animated by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell, features the words of Eugene Hütz—leader of the gypsy-punk-cabaret band Gogol Bordello—sharing his views on ‘globalization’ and putting forward an alternative vision of what he calls “multi-kontra-culture.” This animation, with sound production and arrangement by Judith Sloan, is the newest manifestation of Lehrer/Sloan’s multi-media project, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, which documents and portrays new immigrants and refugees in the United States.

Read about it in the Huffington Post
Read about it in the Salon.com
Read about it in Imprint


1001 Voices: A new symphony / with Music by Frank London, Libretto by Judith Sloan, Visual Animations by Warren Lehrer

Over 800 people of all ages and backgrounds attended the world premier on April 29th, 2012

Music composed by Frank London
Libretto by Judith Sloan
Visuals by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell

Premiered by the Queens Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, Queens Symphony Orchestra music director
Performed by full orchestra and a 190-voice chorus comprised of the Queens College Choral Society and Queens College Choir, James John, Music Director
Featured Tabla Soloist Deep Singh
Spoken word performed by Judith Sloan in English with additional translations in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic by Dailyn Despradel, Krussia, Haojie Huang, and Catherine Hanna.

Watch Video Excerpt on Vimeo CLICK ON IMAGE or CLICK HERE

To find out about future performances,  join our mailing list.
Join our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter.