Edward Sanders, born in 1939, is a poet, historian and musician. He has published more than 20 books, including Tales of Beatnik Glory (4 volumes published in a single edition); 1968: A History in Verse; The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg; The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion; and Chekhov, a biography in verse of Anton Chekhov. His selected poems, Let’s Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War: New and Selected Poems (1986–2009), was published by Coffee House Press. Da Capo Press published his memoir of the 1960s, Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side. From 1998 until completing it in 2011, he wrote the 9-volume America: A History in Verse. Sanders has recently completed a 350-page poem on the final years of Senator Robert Kennedy. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in verse, an American Book Award for Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century: Selected Poems 1961–1985; plus a 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, as well as other accolades for his writing.
Sanders was the co-founder of the satiric folk/rock group, The Fugs, which has released many albums and CDs during its nearly 50-year history. A number of Fugs albums and CDs remain in print, as well as Sanders’ two solo albums for Reprise Records, Sanders’ Truckstop and Beer Cans on the Moon. He lives in Woodstock, New York with his wife, the essayist and painter Miriam Sanders, and both are active in environmental and other social issues.