The Ed Sanders Fuck You Collection

The Ed Sanders Fuck You Collection

Ed Sanders (1939 - ), American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author, and publisher hitchhiked from Missouri to New York City in 1958 to attend New York University, from where he graduated in 1964. He founded and edited Fuck You / a magazine of the arts in 1962, which he printed on a mimeograph machine, featuring work by such contributors as Julian Beck of The Living Theatre, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’Hara, and W.H. Auden. Fuck You ran until 1965.

Sanders opened the Peace Eye Bookstore on East 10th St. in New York’s East Village, which served as a center for local writers, radicals, artists, and bohemians. The bookstore was raided by the police for obscenity in 1966.

With Tuli Kupferberg he founded the avant-garde musical group The Fugs in 1964, with whom he played until 1969. He wrote a manifesto for the Investigative Poetry movement. Sanders received a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry in 1983, and a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in poetry in 1987.

This collection contains materials relating periodicals, artifacts, flyers, posters, catalogues, books, and other publications of Fuck You Press, including issues of Fuck You / a magazine of the arts, catalogues from the Peace Eye bookstore, and other books and publications written or edited by Sanders.

"Ed Sanders’ Fuck You / a magazine of the arts Collection" is housed at the Cornell University Library.