Jan 16 – March 28 Warren Lehrer Featured Artist Project Exhibition, Center for Book Arts
Jan 16, 6:30pm, Opening Reception. Mar 26, 6:30pm Warren Lehrer Talk/Reading
Center for Book Arts Foyer Gallery, 28 West 27th St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY 10001

Jan 2-4 Intersections: National CBAA (College Book Art Association) Conference, New Orleans, Ace Hotel. In their Jan 3rd panel “Bridging Book and Film at the Intersection of Poetry and Typography,” Warren Lehrer presents with two other extraordinary writer/artists—Judith Poirier and Emily McVarish—who bridge printed books and film in their work.

February 17, 7pm Dennis J Bernstein Featured Reader POETRY EXPRESS.  Bernstein will read from Five Oceans in a Teaspoon and his previous poetry collection Special ED: Voices from a Hidden Classroom. Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University Ave, Berkeley California.

March 4, 5-8pm Dennis J Bernstein Keynote Address Sonoma State University’s Social Justice Week, Sonoma State Campus. Co-sponsored by Project Censored and thirty other organizations. Bernstein’s talk “The Poet as Frontline Journalist” will include poems from Five Oceans. Parts of the conference will be broadcast live March 4th, 5-6pm on Flashpoints, Bernstein’s nationally syndicated news program.

March 26, 6:30pm, Warren Lehrer Talk/Reading “The Visual Literature of Warren Lehrer.” Center for Book Arts 28 West 27th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001. In conjunction with the exhibition: Warren Lehrer: Books, Animation, Performance, Collaboration.

April 1, 7:30-9:30pm Dennis J Bernstein Featured Reader Alameda Islands Poets. Bernstein will read from Five Oceans in a Teaspoon and his previous poetry collection Special ED: Voices from a Hidden Classroom. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue in Alameda, California.

April 9, 7:30-9:30pm Five Oceans author Dennis J Bernstein conducts Poetry Workshop: “Writing Poetry As Autobiography.” Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street at Lincoln Avenue in Alameda, California.

April 15, 12noon Performance/Talk: Giving Voice to Visual Literature. Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College. Warren Lehrer’s talk surveying his 40 year journey composing visual literature is followed by a collaborative performance with Purchase College Junior Acting Company and Conservatory of Music students under the guidance of theater professor Pamela Prather.

April 28, 7-9pm Crescendo to Poetry Month! Dennis J Bernstein will read from Five Oceans in a Teaspoon. Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, California. 707.795.7868. Tickets $15. $5 of each ticket goes to the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County.

June 17, 7pm Featured Reading. Dennis J Bernstein, Featured Poetry Reading from Five Oceans in a Teaspoon at Sacred Grounds Cafe following the cafe’s legendary open reading series starting at 7pm. Bernstein’s reading begins at 8:15pm. The event will be live-streamed. 2095 Hayes at Cole San Francisco, CA 94117.


Sept 19 – Nov 23 Five Oceans in a Teaspoon Exhibition City Lore Gallery, City Lore, 56 E 1st Street, New York, NY 10003  

Sept 19 – 22 NY Art Book Fair PS1 MoMA, LIC, New York, with Paper Crown Press

Sept 27, 7pm, NYC Book Launch Reading/Performance. Chelsea (Market) Wine Vault Event Space. Bernstein & Lehrer with Special Guests. Brian Lehrer, Host. Click on the link above to make a reservation. Seating is Limited. 410 West 16th Street at Ninth Avenue.

Oct 5, 4pm Warren Lehrer Five Oceans Gallery Tour/Talk, City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st Street, NY, NY. Part of the Open Arts LES (Lower East Side) Festival

Oct 10, 7:30pm Bay Area Book Launch/KPFA Benefit, Reading/Performance with Bernstein & Lehrer and Guests. Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA

Oct 11 Live At the Archive, Letterform Archives, Lehrer & Bernstein. 1001 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 

Oct 24 – 27 EAB Fair (Editions Artists’ Books Fair) with Paper Crown Press, 
The Caldwell Factory, 547 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001 

Oct 31 Vis Lit of Warren Lehrer Lecture ending with Five Oceans, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL. Workshop and critiques with students during the days Oct 31 & Nov 1. Stay tuned for more details.

Nov 8, 9 Lehrer Vis Lit presentation SUNY Council on Writing Conference, Purchase College, SUNY Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY

Nov 15 Performance/Reading Flushing Town Hall, Lehrer & Bernstein and Guests. 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing NY


Warren Lehrer and Dennis J Bernstein will present live performance/readings of Five Oceans in a Teaspoon at book launches (in New York and the Bay Area), exhibition openings, book fairs and festivals, conferences, bookstores, galleries, art and literary centers, and universities. Most presentations will incorporate projection of pages and animations  with live readings/performances of select poems from each of the eight movements interspersed with recollections and behind the scenes stories. When Bernstein and Lehrer are together, they’ll discuss their collaboration and friendship. Since they live on opposite coasts, they will sometimes present separately. Alone or together, their presentations will be performative and lively events that can be presented in venues with low or no tech to well-equipped theaters. Special presentations—especially those connected to community, art or literary centers, university visits or residencies—can involve more reader/performers including students, actors, musicians, dancers, community members of different backgrounds, ages and skills. 

Described as a pioneer of “performance typography,” known for reading/performance tours connected to his books and multimedia projects, Lehrer presented his A Life In Books project at over 50 venues throughout the U.S. and Canada beginning as the keynote speaker at the Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference at the NY Art Book Fair in 2013. Most widely known as a radio personality and broadcast journalist, Bernstein brings his skills as a raconteur/public speaker to his poetry readings, which are intimate, funny, heartfelt events. INQUIRE ABOUT BOOKING AN EVENT


The Five Oceans in a Teaspoon exhibit will feature selected poems from each of the eight movements in the project, including archival inkjet prints and animations and copies of the book. The exhibit premieres at the City Lore Gallery on East 1st Street, Lower East Side, NYC. Programming will include performance/readings by Bernstein, Lehrer, and others. Like many projects City Lore has championed and featured over the years, Five Oceans in a Teaspoon straddles a number of lines: between journalism and poetry, writing, visual art and performance. 

The premiere exhibit at City Lore—September 19 – November 23, 2019—coincides with the launch of the book. The exhibit is available to travel and can serve as a companion to using the Five Oceans in a Teaspoon book as a text and learning tool, and is a good example of writing fused organically with design, typography, book arts, animation, new media. Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan’s Crossing the BLVD exhibition connected to that book/project worked in a similar way, to great effect, and traveled to 15 locations including museums, galleries and universities throughout the U.S. The scale of the Five Oceans in a Teaspoon exhibit is flexible depending on the scale of the venue.