biographical sketch


Sander Hicks is a lifelong peace activist and social entrepreneur.


Visionary writer.

Independent publisher.

Award-winning social-change business man.

Sander Hicks has spoken widely across the USA, on five national speaking tours, ranging from radical bookstores to Stanford Law School. Hicks is a veteran of several electoral and ballot effort campaigns with various progressive and reform movements. Hicks was elected the President of the Cortelyou Road Merchants Association in 2003.

Since 2013, Sander has run a profitable wood-working business, Zen Space Makers, Inc. He and his team run the creative website,, which provides space-making solutions to working people in an expensive New York City. In 2016, Zen Carpentry won two awards from the City of New York “Best For NYC” Program: “Best for Workers” and “Best for Environment” in Queens. 

Hicks appeared in the national media from 1999 to 2001 for republishing the controversial George W. Bush biography, Fortunate Son. His struggle to print the full story about then-Governor Bush was covered by 60 Minutes, New York Times, The Washington Post and the award-winning documentary, Horns and Halos, broadcast on HBO’s Cinemax in 2003.

Hicks' response to the "War on Terror" was to create a positive alternative in the form of a community coffeehouse: Vox Pop, Inc. 100% Fair Trade, Vox Pop became an award-winning coffee house which used live events and community empowerment and educational programs to help to improve a struggling neighborhood in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

As a writer, he has written seven plays and is an alumnus of the esteemed New Dramatists development house.  

Hicks has personally confronted Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, Richard Ben-Veniste, Jerome Hauer, and several other government officials about the 9/11 cover-up. His work of investigative journalism from 2005 was titled, The Big Wedding, and today has 14,000 copies in print. Today he serves as NYC facilitator of the Truth Action Project, a nation-wide non-profit working for justice for the 9/11 victims families.  

His most recent book is Slingshot to the Juggernaut: Total Resistance to the Death Machine Means Complete Love of the Truth. (Soft Skull, 2012). The book offers a vision of non-violence and a call to a deeper respect for truth as the proud future for the USA. Raised Catholic, Hicks is a Quaker attendee, Rinzai Zen practitioner, and interfaith activist who seeks conflict resolution by understanding the call to justice in all of humanity’s religions. His work was recognized at the end of 2016 with a Special Commendation from the State Senate of Louisiana. 

He is a proud father to his son, Coleman Elias Anderson Hicks.

More Info

Press Kit, including NY Times coverage of Hicks' work, starting in March of 1999 - here.

"Sander Hicks is a national treasure." A collection of blurbs regarding Sander Hicks' nonfiction book, Slingshot to the Juggernaut. here.