Oyez Press

Oyez Press was founded in 1964 by Robert Hawley and Stevens van Strum in Berkeley, California. Its inaugural run was a series of 10 broadsides featuring poems by Michael McClure, Brother Antoninus, Josephine Miles, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, David Meltzer, Denise Levertov, Charles Olson, Gary Snyder and William Bronk. These broadsides were printed by Dave Haselwood’s Auerhahn Press based in San Francisco.

Oyez would continue to publish books for over 20 years by poets primarily from the Black Mountain school and the Bay Area “Renaissance”; publishing over 80 books in addition to numerous keepsakes and broadsides, featuring authors such as David Meltzer, Josephine Miles, Lew Welch, Philip Lamantia, and many others.

The first Oyez book was a collection of poetry by David Meltzer. It was during this period that Hawley began his business relationship with printer Graham Mackintosh. The Oyez poetry editions were well regarded for the simplicity and elegance of their designs. Although not all Oyez books were designed by Mackintosh, several of his designs did receive awards, including an edition of William Everson’s Single Source that was selected as one of the 50 books of the year by the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

A note on this index: the sequence of publication for Oyez items has been difficult to establish. The Oyez bibliography lists items alphabetically rather than chronologically. Items here are listed chronologically but alphabetically within years where no further sequential information is available.


Section A:
Books and Broadsides

A1. McClure, Michael. TWO FOR BRUCE CONNOR
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1964
Broadside, 12″ x 17″, 500 copies, letterpress printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 1. (Clements A12)

A2. Everson, William. THE ROSE OF SOLITUDE
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez 1964
Broadside, 13″ x 17.5″, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 2.

A3. Miles, Josephine. IN IDENTITY
First edition:
San Francisco: Oyez, 1964
Broadside, 11.5″ x 17″, Printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 3.

A4. Duncan, Robert. WINE
First edition:
San Francisco: Oyez, 1964
Broadside, 11.5″ x 17″, Printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 4.

A5. Creeley, Robert. TWO POEMS
First edition:
San Francisco: Oyez, 1964
Broadside, 11.25″ x 16.5″, 423 copies (27 signed in a portfolio), printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 5. (Novik 15)

A6. Meltzer, David. THE BLACKEST ROSE
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1964
Broadside, 10.75″ x 17.5″, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 6.

A7. Levertov, Denise. CITY PSALM
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1964
Broadside, 11.5″ x 17.5″, 300 copies, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 7. (Wilson A8)

A8. Olson, Charles. SIGNATURE TO PETITION
First edition:
San Francisco: Oyez 1964.
Broadside, 11″ x 17.25″, printed at the Auerhahn Press.Published as Oyez 8.

A9. Snyder, Gary. HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP
First edition:
San Francisco: Oyez, 1964
Broadside, 11″ x 17.5″, 350 copies, Printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 9.

A10. Bronk, William. THE CIPHER
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Broadside, 10.75″ x 17.5″, printed at the Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 10.

A11. Meltzer, David. THE PROCESS
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Perfect-bound printed and illustrated wrappers, 37 pages, 475 copies. Designed by Dave Haselwood and printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover illustration by Peter Le Blanc.

b. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Hardcover in printed and illustrated dust jacket, 37 pages, 25 numbered and signed copies. Designed by Dave Haselwood and printed by Graham Mackintosh. Cover illustration by Peter Le Blanc.

A12. Dijkstra, Bram. FACES IN SKIN
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
First edition, stapled wrappers in dust jacket, 32 pages, 500 copies.

A13. Duncan, Robert. MEDEA AT KOLCHIS: THE MAIDEN HEAD
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers, 44 pages, 500 copies.

a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Hardcover, 44 pages, 28 copies, numbered and signed.

A14. Kherdian, David. DAVID MELTZER: A SKETCH AND CHECKLIST
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 9 pages, 500 copies

A15. Kherdian, David. GARY SNYDER: A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH AND DESCRIPTIVE CHECKLIST
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Saddle-stapled printed wrappers, 30 pages, 500 copies

A16. McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
First edition:
(San Francisco):  (Oyez Press), April 1965
First edition, perfect-bound wrappers, 71 pages, 350 copies planned, 330 produced. (Clements A20)


A17. McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
mcclure_poisoneda. First edition, regular copies:
(San Francisco):  (Oyez Press), April 1965
Saddle-stapled illustrated wrappers. 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 576 copies. (Clements A21)

b. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed copies:
(San Francisco):  (Oyez Press), April 1965

Hardcover in printed dust wrapper, 5.75″ x 7.75″, 16 pages, 24 copies lettered alpha through omega and signed by the author. Bound by Dorothy Hawley.
(Clements A21)

A18. McGaugh, Lawrence. A FIFTH SUNDAY
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Paperback, 26 pages, 500 copies

A19. Welch, Lew. ON OUT
lew_onoutFirst edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
Stapled sheets bound into printed wrappers, 6″ x 9.25″, 36 pages, 500 copies. Printed by Graham Mackintosh, photograph of poet by Jim Hatch. Dedication: “This book is for Magda”

A20. Alexander, D. NOT A WORD
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Stapled wrappers, 58 pages, 500 copies.

A21. Duncan, Robert. THE YEAR AS CATCHES
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Paperback, 93 pages, 1800 copies.

b. First edition, hardcover, numbered and  signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Hardcover, 93 pages, 30 copies, numbered and signed.

A22. Duncan, Robert. OF THE WAR PASSAGES, 22-27
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Paperback, 11 pages, 500 copies.

b. First edition, numbered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Paperback, 11 pages, 100 copies, numbered and signed.

c. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Hardcover, 11 pages, 6 copies, numbered and signed.

A23. Everson, William. SINGLE SOURCE: THE EARLY POEMS OF WILLIAM EVERSON (1934-1940)
a. First edition, regular hardcover copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Hardcover, 105 pages, 1000 copies

b. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Hardcover, 105 pages, 25 copies, numbered and signed

A24. Fabilli, Mary. THE OLD ONES
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Paperback, 28 pages, 500 copies

b. First edition, hardcover copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Hardcover, 28 pages, 3 copies

A25. Hogg, Robert. THE CONNEXIONS
First edition:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Paperback, 40 pages, 500 copies

A26. Lamantia, Philip. TOUCH OF THE MARVELOUS
a. First edition, regular copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Paperback, 65 pages, 1450 copies

b. First edition, hardcover, numbered and signed copies:
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
Hardcover, 65 pages, 50 copies, numbered and signed.

A27. Miles, Josephine. CIVIL POEMS
First edition :
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
First edition, paperback, 16 pages, 500 copies

A28. Miles, Josephine. FIELDS OF LEARNING
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
First edition, paperback, 25 pages, 500 copies

A29. Dusenbery, Gail. THE MARK
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
A. First edition, paperback, 68 pages, 1200 copies.
B. First edition, hardcover, 68 pages, 26 copies, numbered and signed.

A30. Everson, William. IN THE FICTIVE WISH
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
First edition, hardcover, 22 pages, 200 copies, numbered and signed.

A31. Korte, Mary Norbert. HYMN TO THE GENTLE SUN
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
A. First edition, paperback, 45 pages, 900 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 45 pages, 26 copies, numbered and signed

A32. Meltzer, David. JOURNAL OF THE BIRTH
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
First edition, paperback, 19 pages, 1000 copies

A33. Meltzer, David. THE DARK CONTINENT
Berkeley: Oyez, 1967
A. First edition, paperback, 94 pages, 1000 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 94 pages, 26 copies

A34. Antoninus, Brother (William Everson). ROBINSON JEFFERS: FRAGMENTS OF AN OLDER FURY
1968
Hardcover, 173 pages, 2600 copies

A35. Charters, Ann. OLSON/MELVILLE: A STUDY IN AFFINITY
1968
A. paperback, 90 pages, 1000 copies
B. hardcover, 90 pages, 500 copies

A36. Fabilli, Mary. AURORA BLIGH & EARLY POEMS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1968
A. First edition, paperback, 108 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 108 pages, 250 copies

A37. Korte, Mary Norbert. BEGINNING OF LINES
Berkeley: Oyez, 1968
A. First edition, paperback, 37 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 37 pages, 200 copies, numbered and signed

A38. Antoninus, Brother. THE LAST CRUSADE
Berkeley: Oyez, 1969
First edition, hardcover, 18 pages, 165 numbered and signed copies

A39. Boar, Gerard (Ebbe Borregaard). SKETCHES FOR 13 SONNETS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1969
First edition, paperback, (12 pages), 1600 copies

A40. Charters, Samuel. TO THIS PLACE
Berkeley: Oyez, 1969
A. wrappers, 50 pages, 750 copies
B. hardcover, 50 copies, 250 copies

A41. McGaugh, Lawrence. VACUUM CANTOS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1969
A. First edition, paperback, 30 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 30 pages, 30 copies

A42. Blazek, Douglas. FLUX & REFLUX
Berkeley: Oyez, 1970
Paperback, 57 pages, 1000 copies

A43. Chiarrello, Gail (Gail Dusenbery). THE BHANGRA DANCE
Berkeley: Oyez, 1970
First edition, paperback, 34 pages, 485 copies.

A44. Edelman, Richard Wayne. THE WEDDING FEAST
Berkeley: Oyez, 1970
First edition, paperback, 37 pages, 1000 copies. Introduction by Denise Levertov.

A45. Hottel, Christopher. THE KNIVES OF DAWN
Berkeley: Oyez, 1970
First edition, paperback, 37 pages, 1000 copies

A46. Korte, Mary Norbert. THE MIDNIGHT BRIDGE
Berkeley: Oyez, 1970
First edition, paperback, 44 pages, 1000 copies

A47. Levertov, Denise. SUMMER POEMS, 1969
Berkeley: Oyez, 1970
A. First edition, paperback, 10 pages, 300 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 10 pages, 50 copies

A48. Olson, Charles. THE SPECIAL VIEW OF HISTORY
Berkeley: Oyez, 1970
A. First edition, paperback, 61 pages, 1000 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 61 pages, 500 copies

A49. Charters, Samuel. SOME POEMS POETS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1971
A. paperback, 118 pages, 1000 copies
B. hardcover, 118 pages, 500 copies

A50. Di Prima, Dianne. KERHONKSON JOURNAL, 1966
Berkeley: Oyez, 1971
First edition, paperback, 39 pages, 1000 copies

A51. Everson, William. EARTH POETRY
Berkeley: Oyez, 1971
First edition, paperback, 4 pages

A52. Brugnola, Orlanda. KING OF THORNBUSHES
Berkeley: Oyez, 1972
A. First edition, paperback, 39 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 39 pages, 20 copies, numbered and signed

A53. Charters, Samuel. FROM A SWEDISH NOTEBOOK
Berkeley: Oyez, 1972
A. First edition, paperback, 60 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, 60 pages, 500 copies

A54. Eigner, Larry. SELECTED POEMS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1972
A. First edition, paperback, 125 pages, 1000 copies
B. First edition, hardcover in dust jacket, 125 pages, 500 copies

A55. Horsley, James. GOD’S NAKED DAUGHTER
Berkeley: Oyez, 1972
A. First edition, paperback, 38 pages, 850 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 38 pages, 150 copies, numbered and signed.

A56. Hooker, Craig Michael. HONOR AWAKENS AGAIN
Berkeley: Oyez, 1973
First edition, paperback, 34 pages, 500 copies

A57. Palmer, Doug.  IN QUIRE
Berkeley: Oyez, 1973
First edition, paperback, 56 pages, 650 copies

A58. Cebulski, F.J. CORM
Berkeley: Oyez, 1974
A. Paperback, 59 pages, 750 copies
B. Hardcover, 59 pages, 250 copies

A59. Hill, Lindsay. AVELAVAL
Berkeley: Oyez, 1974
A. First edition, paperback, 59 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 59 pages, 250 copies

A60. Meltzer, David. BLUE RAGS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1974
A. First edition, paperback, 25 pages, 1000 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 25 pages, 250 copies

A61. Everson, William. ARCHETYPE WEST: THE PACIFIC COAST AS A LITERARY REGION
Berkeley: Oyez, 1975
A. First edition, paperback, 181 pages, 1000 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 181 pages, 500 copies

A62. Fabilli, Mary. THE ANIMAL KINGDOM: POEMS & DRAWINGS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1975
First edition, paperback, 69 pages, 500 copies

A63. Meltzer, David. HARPS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1975
A. First edition, paperback, 28 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 28 pages, 500 copies

A64. Alvarado de Ricord, Elsie; Lucha Corpi, and Concha Michel. FIREFLIGHT
Berkeley: Oyez, 1976
Paperback, 109 pages, 1000 copies. Translated by Catherine Rodriguez-Nieto.

A65. Charters, Samuel. IN LAGOS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1976
First edition, paperback, 15 pages, 600 copies.

A66. Everson, William. RIVER-ROOT
Berkeley: Oyez, 1976
A. First edition, paperback, 45 pages, 1000 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 45 pages 250 copies, numbered and signed

A67. Garcia, Luis. BEANS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1976
First edition, paperback, 67 pages, 1000 copies

A68. Morrison, Rusane. SUMMER PATCHWORK
Berkeley: Oyez, 1976
First edition, paperback, 24 pages, 500 copies

A69. Meltzer, David. TWO-WAY MIRROR
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977
A. First edition, paperback, 149 pages, 1000 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 149 pages, 500 copies

A70. Canan, Janine. OF YOUR SEED
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977
Paperback, 60 pages, 500 copies.

A71. Clark, Naomi. BURGLARIES AND CELEBRATIONS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977
A. First edition, paperback, 80 pages, 750 copies.
B. First edition, hardcover, 80 pages, 250 copies.
Foreword by William Everson.

A72. Dean, Robert. DINNER AT MME
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977
A. First edition, paperback, 40 pages, 1000 copies.
B. First edition, hardcover, 40 pages, 50 copies, numbered and signed

A73. Gitin, David. LEGWORK
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977
A. First edition, paperback, 59 pages, 950 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 59 pages, 50 copies, numbered and signed

A74. Lummis, Dayton. CLOSETS OF MERCY
Berkeley: Oyez, 1977
First edition, paperback, 33 pages, 500 copies

A75. Korn, Richard. THE JUDGMENT OF THE CONDOR
Berkeley: Oyez, 1978
A. First edition, paperback, 80 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 80 pages, 250 copies

A76. Korte, Mary Norbert. MAMMALS OF DELIGHT
Berkeley: Oyez, 1978
A. First edition, paperback, 37 pages, 550 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 37 pages, 50 copies, numbered and signed

A77. Charters, Samuel. OF THOSE WHO DIED
Berkeley: Oyez, 1980
First edition, paperback, 22 pages, 1000 copies.

A78. Everson, William. EARTH POETRY
Berkeley: Oyez, 1980
A. First edition, paperback, 251 pages, 1000 copies
b. First edition, hardcover, 251 pages, 500 copies

A79. Hiller, Tobey. CROSSINGS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1980
First edition, paperback, 17 pages, 600 copies

A80. Korn, Richard and Brugnola Orlanda. JOB
Berkeley: Oyez, 1981
First edition, paperback, 22 pages, 1000 copies

A81. Hiller, Tobey. CERTAIN WEATHERS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1987
First edition, paperback, 62 pages, 500 copies

A82. Charters, Samuel. A COUNTRY YEAR
Berkeley: Oyez, 1992
First edition, paperback, 140 pages, 1000 copies.