Judith Sloan – December 4, 2012

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Judith Sloan is a writer, actress, poet, radio producer, oral historian, and audio artist whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. Her theatre works include Denial of the Fittest, Responding to ChaosA Tattle Tale: eyewitness in Mississippi, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, and YO Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide! (in development in partnership with Viper Records and Morgan Jenness Abrams Artist Agency). Sloan was commissioned by the Queens Symphony Orchestra to write the libretto for a new symphony, “1001 Voices” with music composed by Frank London (premiered 2012). Sloan has produced documentaries for NPR, PRI, WNYC and the Third Coast International Audio Festival and has won several awards for her audio /poetry works including the First Place Winner in the Missouri Review National Audio Competition, 2007 for Sweeping Statements, 2008 for Dayenu for Narrative Essay, as well as first runner up 2008 for What’s Your Status, and was a finalist in 2011 for her documentary Tongues Twisting. With Warren Lehrer she co-founded EarSay, and collaborated on the award-winning multimedia project Crossing the BLVD which includes a book, (W.W. Norton), audio CD, traveling exhibition and performance. She is a member of the Adjunct faculty at Gallatin, NYU. She is the founder and director of EarSay’s Youth Arts and Activism program, Transforming Trauma Into Art, under the umbrella EarSay Voices.

When:  December 4, 2012
Where: Terraza 7 Cafe, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM (open-mic sign up at 6:45)
Other: $5 suggested donation. For more information contact Richard Jeffrey Newman.

Here’s a sample of Judith’s work:

Fall 2007

I’m reading an article in the New York Times about undocumented immigrants
at an upstate milk farm who were rounded up and deported
by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I.C.E.
ICE
A perfect acronym.
I wonder which homeland security poet came up with that.
I wonder how much they get paid.
The article is on the front page but a lot of people don’t seem to know these sweeps are happening.
I tell someone in my neighborhood, ‘those people could be our neighbors.’
He says, “Nah, that’ll never happen here. Can’t happen here.”
I point out that there’s a history to that phrase,
it was said at another time,
once before, in another place,
in another country.
I start talking to other people like me,
who work with kids who have no papers,
kids who came to this country with their parents,
kids who came when they were 9, 10, 11.
I run into a principal in one of the schools where I teach.
He saw the article too.
He tells me before 9/11 he used to tell teenagers,
“look, this is the United States, even if you’re undocumented
you don’t have to live in fear.”
Now, he tells them not to talk to anyone.
I wonder should I cheer for this man and say,
Hey, GREAT CALL.

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