Judah Leblang is a Boston-area writer, teacher and storyteller. His essays and commentaries have been broadcast on 200 NPR and ABC-radio network stations around the US, and his memoir vignettes and essays have been published in McSweeney’s, 400 Words, and in regional publications in Boston and his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He writes the ‘Life in the Slow Lane’ column in Bay Windows, Boston’s LGBT newspaper. His latest one-man show, “It’s Now or Never: My Life in the Late Middle Ages,” (Best of Festival, Calgary Fringe 2019) was called “intriguing” by Winnipeg’s Jewish Post, while the (Winnipeg) Free Press described him as a “great communicator.”

In addition to performing at Fringe Festivals, community centers and other venues in the US and Canada, Leblang teaches at GrubStreet Writing Center in Boston, Literary Cleveland, and at the Skirball Writing Center at South Euclid/Lyndhurst Public Library. He is the author of two memoirs: Finding My Place (Lake Effect Press, 2012) and Echoes of Jerry (Red Giant Books, 2019).

The first reviews of Echoes of Jerry are out now!

Midwest Book Review, January 2020: A deftly written, inherently interesting, deeply personal memoir, “Echoes of Jerry: One Man’s Search For His Deaf Uncle And His Own Voice” is a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections.

Amos Lassen, (LGBT and Jewish Community book critic) @ reviewsbyamoslassen.com: “Leblang beautifully uses his own life and his uncle’s as jumping off points to ask universal questions about how one deals with the desire to belong to a community. This is a quick read that has a lot to say.” (November 2019)

Echoes of Jerry was chosen as one of 100 books for adults for Pride 2020 by librarians at the Boston Public Library, and was featured in the “On the Bookshelf” column in the Cleveland Jewish News, January 2020:

You can order a signed copy, directly from Judah for $18 postpaid, here:


You can also order from Amazon

Or in the Boston area, stop into Porter Square Books in Cambridge, or the Book Rack in Arlington.

2020 book events:  Winchester (north of Boston)–I’ll be reading with three other local writers–KM Halpern, Jenny Pivor and Randy Ross in a special Valentine’s Day-themed event: “Love in All its Forms: A Modern Literary Salon” at Book Ends, 559 Main Street in Winchester, Wednesday February 12 at 7 PM. The event is free, and we’ll have books available for sale. More information at neiac.org

Boston–Book talk and show–Saturday February 22 at 7:30 PM at the Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. I’ll be performing a new/updated version of my one-man show “It’s Now or Never” and reading excerpts from Echoes of Jerry. Advance tickets $16 at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4492590  Suggested donation at door: $20

Fall 2019 book events

Boston–Friday Oct 18 7:30 PM at Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston Street in Boston

Sunday November 24 2:30 PM at Beacon Hill Friends House, 6 Chestnut Street on Beacon Hill with poet Ben Berman.

Cleveland–I’ll be on a local authors’ day panel at the Beachwood JCC on Sunday November 17 4 PM.

On Thursday December 5 at 7 PM, I’ll be reading with local author Lee Chilcote at Loganberry Books on Larchmere

Watch this space for more readings and special events!

Or come to my book launch events in Cleveland or Boston:

In Cleveland at South Euclid-Lyndhurst Public Library on Thursday Sept 19 at 7 PM

cuyahoga county library

and in the Boston area on Friday Sept 27 at Porter Square Books in Cambridge @ 7 PM


It’s Now or Never on the Road:

I’ll be taking my new show, “It’s Now or Never,” on the road. After a special preview performance in Newton’s Turtle Studios (Boston area) on June 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM, I’ll be at the Regina and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals in July. For more information about upcoming performances of It’s Now or Never check out my show page or the blog.

Judah Leblang is a writer, teacher and storyteller based in Boston, MA. His written and audio pieces combine reflection, keen observation, and humor. Please visit the Show page to see video clips from “It’s Now or Never” and “One Man’s Journey through the Middle Ages,” the Writing page to read and hear audio clips of some of Judah’s stories, and the Book page to read excerpts of Judah’s memoir, “Finding My Place: One Man’s Journey from Cleveland to Boston and Beyond.”

You can order Finding My Place here:

There is also information on Judah’s CDs Finding My Place and Snapshots, as well as a schedule of workshops and readings you may wish to attend. Enjoy!

You can now purchase the e-book in Kindle format from Amazon at:

To contact Judah, email lakeeffectpress@gmail.com