Ed Sanders

Ed Sanders was born in Kansas City, MO, in 1939. He graduated from New York University in 1964. In 1962, he founded the avant-garde journal “Fuck You”. He opened the Peace Eye Bookstore in New York City, which soon became a gathering place for bohemians, writers, and radicals. On January 1, 1966, policed raided the Peace Eye Bookstore and charged Sanders with obscenity. This event led to his face on the February 17, 1967 cover of Life Magazine, proclaiming him “a leader of New York’s Other Culture”. He founded the band The Fugs with Tuli Kupferberg in 1964. He also founded the Investigative Poetry movement, writing the 1976 manifesto “Investigative Poetry” published by City Lights Books. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry in 1983 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry in 1987. In 1997, he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. He currently lives in Woodstock, NY, inventing musical instruments and publishing the online “Woodstock Journal”.


Excerpted from "Peace Eye Bookstore" Catalogue 7 and 8, published by Ed Sanders and Fuck You Press in 1964.

Ed Sanders is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Bryan Leitgeb

Peace Eye Bookstore Catalogue 7
Peace Eye Bookstore Catalogue 8
Peace Eye Bookstore