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.


1. McClure, Michael. TWO FOR BRUCE CONNOR
Berkeley: Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 12″ x 17″, 500 copies, printed by The Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 1. (Clements A12)

2. Everson, William. THE ROSE OF SOLITUDE
Berkeley: Oyez 1964
First edition, broadside, 13″ x 17.5″, printed by The Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 2.

3. Miles, Josephine. IN IDENTITY
San Francisco: Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 11.5″ x 17″, Printed by The Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 3.

4. DUNCAN, Robert. WINE
San Francisco: Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 11.5″ x 17″, Printed by The Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 4.

5. Creeley, Robert. TWO POEMS
[San Francisco]: Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 11.25″ x 16.5″, 423 copies (27 signed in a portfolio), printed by The Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 5. (Novik 15)

6. Meltzer, David. THE BLACKEST ROSE
Berkeley: Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 10.75″ x 17.5″, printed by The Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 6.

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

8. Olson, Charles. SIGNATURE TO PETITION
San Francisco: Oyez 1964.
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17.25″, printed by The Auerhahn Press.Published as Oyez 8.

9. Snyder, Gary. HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP
(San Francisco): Oyez, 1964
First edition, broadside, 11″ x 17.5″, 350 copies, Printed by The Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 9.

10. Bronk, William. THE CIPHER
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
First edition, broadside, 10.75″ x 17.5″, printed by The Auerhahn Press. Published as Oyez 10.

11. Meltzer, David. THE PROCESS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
A. First edition, paperback, 37 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 37 pages, 25 copies

 

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

Duncan, Robert. MEDEA AT KOLCHIS: THE MAIDEN HEAD
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
A. First edition, stapled wrappers, 44 pages, 500 copies.
B. First edition, hardcover, 44 pages, 28 copies, numbered and signed.

Kherdian, David. DAVID MELTZER: A SKETCH AND CHECKLIST
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
First edition, paperback, 9 pages, 500 copies

Kherdian, David. GARY SNYDER: A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH AND DESCRIPTIVE CHECKLIST
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
First edition, paperback, 30 pages, 500 copies

McClure, Michael. THE BEARD
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
First edition, paperback, 70 pages, 330 copies

McClure, Michael. POISONED WHEAT
Berkeley: Oyez, 1965
First edition, paperback, 14 pages, 1000 copies

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

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

Duncan, Robert. THE YEAR AS CATCHES
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
A. First edition, paperback, 93 pages, 1800 copies.
B. First edition, hardcover, 93 pages, 30 copies, numbered and signed.

Duncan, Robert. OF THE WAR PASSAGES, 22-27
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
A. First edition, paperback, 11 pages, 500 copies.
B. First edition, paperback, 11 pages, 100 copies, numbered and signed.
C. First edition, hardcover, 11 pages, 6 copies, numbered and signed.

Everson, William. SINGLE SOURCE: THE EARLY POEMS OF WILLIAM EVERSON (1934-1940)
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
A. First edition, hardcover, 105 pages, 1000 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 105 pages, 25 copies, numbered and signed

Fabilli, Mary. THE OLD ONES
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
A. First edition, paperback, 28 pages, 500 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 28 pages, 3 copies

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

Lamantia, Philip. TOUCH OF THE MARVELOUS
Berkeley: Oyez, 1966
A. First edition, paperback, 65 pages, 1450 copies
B. First edition, hardcover, 65 pages, 50 copies, numbered and signed.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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