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Lew Welch

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Lew Welch was born August 16, 1926 in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved with his family to California in 1929. At Reed College in the late 40s, Welch lived with Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen. In the fall of 1949 Welch was co-editor of the school’s literary magazine and was writing constantly; he wrote his senior thesis on Gertrude Stein and graduated in 1950.

Donald Allen included one of Welch’s poems in The New American Poetry anthology published in 1960. That same year Welch’s first book, Wobbly Rock, was published by Auerhahn Press. For a time he lived in Reno, Nevada, and then in a cabin in the Trinity Alps. He moved back to San Francisco in 1963, and in 1965 published three books.

In 1965, Welch began teaching a poetry workshop offered through the extension program of the University of California at Berkeley. In 1971 Welch returned to the mountains. On May 23, 1971, Gary Snyder went up to Welch’s campsite and found a suicide note in Welch’s truck. Despite an extensive search, Welch’s body was never recovered.


A. Books & Broadsides

1. Welch, Lew. WOBBLY ROCK
lew_wobbly(San Francisco): Auerhahn Press, 1960
First edition, stapled wrappers, 12 pages, 500 copies, illustrated by Robert LaVigne.





2. Welch, Lew. EARLY SUMMER HERMIT SONG
(San Francisco: San Francisco Arts Commission, 1963)
First edition, broadside, 13” x 20”, 300 copies, signed by author and illustrator, illustrated by W. Weber. Laid into portfolio entitled San Francisco Arts Festival: A Poetry Folio: 1963, which included Robin Blaser, Helen Adam, Phillip Whalen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allan Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, And Lew Welch.

3. Welch, Lew. STEP OUT ONTO THE PLANET
(San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1964)
First edition, broadside, 9.5” x 12.5”, 300 copies, signed by the author. Printed for the occasion of a reading by Welch, Philip Whalen, and Gary Snyder at the Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco on June 12, 1964 known as the Free Way Reading.

4. Welch, Lew. RICHER THAN THE RICHEST FALCONER
(San Francisco): Auerhahn, (1965)
First edition, broadside, 50 trade copies and 25 copies initialed in red by Philip Whalen

5. Welch, Lew. ON OUT
lew_onoutBerkeley: Oyez, 1965
First edition, wrappers, 36 pages, 500 copies
(second undated edition of 500 copies issued)




6. Welch, Lew. HERMIT POEMS
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1965
First edition, wrappers, 14 pages, 974 trade copies and 26 copies numbered and signed by the author. Published as Writing 8.

7. Welch, Lew. AT TIMES WE’RE ALMOST ABLE TO SEE
(San Francisco): Don Carpenter, 1965
First edition, broadside, 125 copies

8. Welch, Lew. A MOVING TARGET IS HARD TO HIT
San Francisco: Communication Company, 1967
First edition, broadside

9. Welch, Lew. THE BASIC CON
(Santa Barbara: Unicorn Press, 1967)
First edition, wrappers, 450 copies of the trade edition and 26 copies lettered and signed by the author, two variants printed in brown and black and red and black, printed by Nicolas Muska. Printed on the occasion of Welch’s reading on April 22, 1967 at the Unicorn Book Shop.

10. Welch, Lew. COURSES
lew_coursesa. San Francisco: Dave Haselwood, 1968
First edition, suede sewn wrappers, 28 pages, 50 copies, letterpress (Haselwood 16)

b. San Francisco: Cranium Press, 1968
Second “facsimile” edition in printed sewn wrappers, letterpress.

11. Welch, Lew. SAUSALITO TRASH PRAYER
a. Sausalito: Lew Welch, 1969
First edition, photocopied sheet, 40 copies. Photocopied at the Public Library in Sausalito and given away.

b. (San Francisco): n.p., (1969)
Second printing, postcard, 3.5” x 6”, letterpress.

12. Welch, Lew. THE SONG MT. TAMALPAIS SINGS
lew_thesonga. San Francisco: Maya, 1969
First edition, wrappers, 16 pages, 250 trade copies and 50 copies numbered and signed by the author. Published as Maya Quarto Five.



lew_the song2b. Berkeley: Sand Dollar, 1970
Second expanded edition, wrappers, 12 pages, 1000 copies, published as Sand Dollar 3, includes additional poems



13. Welch, Lew. FROM WOBBLY ROCK
(San Francisco: Cranium Press, 1969)
First edition, broadside

14. Welch, Lew. INFLATION FOR NEIL DAVIS, INNKEEPER
(Portland): Yes Press, 1970
First edition, broadside, 5” x 11”

15. Welch, Lew. GETTING BALD
a. San Francisco: Cranium Press, 1970
First edition, postcard, 4” x 6”

b. n.p.: Pentagram Press, n.d.
Second edition, broadside, 11” x 15”

16. Welch, Lew. SOMETIMES I TALK TO KEROUAC…
Portland: Yes Press, 1971
First edition, broadside.

17. Welch, Lew. SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES, LICHEN
San Francisco: Cranium Press, 1971
First edition, broadside, 8.5” x 14”, variants on pink, grey, and green stock.

18. Welch, Lew. REDWOOD HAIKU & OTHER POEMS
lew_redwoodSan Francisco: Cranium Press, 1972
First edition, 20 pages, 250 copies.





19. Welch, Lew. RING OF BONE: SELECTED POEMS 1950-1971
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1973
First edition, wrappers and hardcover issued, 233 pages with index.

20. Welch, Lew. HOW I WORK AS A POET
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1973
First edition, wrappers and hardcover issued, 139 pages.

21. Welch, Lew. A GREETING FOR THE SPRING SOLSTICE
Albany: Sand Dollar, 1976
First edition, Single sheet, folded to make 4 pages. Printed by Wesley Tanner and James Monday at the Arif Press.

22. Welch, Lew. SELECTED POEMS
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1976
First edition, wrappers, 94 pages including index, preface by Gary Snyder.

23. Welch, Lew. I, LEO: AN UNFINISHED NOVEL
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1977
First edition, wrappers, 82 pages.

24. Welch, Lew. I REMAIN – THE LETTERS OF LEW WELCH & THE CORRESPONDENCE OF HIS FRIENDS (Volume 1: 1949-1960)
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1980
First edition, wrappers and hardcover issued, 200 pages.

25. Welch, Lew. I REMAIN – THE LETTERS OF LEW WELCH & THE CORRESPONDENCE OF HIS FRIENDS (Volume 2: 1960-1971)
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1980
First edition, wrappers and hardcover issued, 200 pages.

26. Welch, Lew. HOW I READ GERTRUDE STEIN
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1995
First edition, wrappers, originally written late-1940’s

27. Welch, Lew. LETTERS FROM LEW WELCH
Coventry: The Beat Scene Press, 2010
First edition, wrappers, 125 copies


B. Contributions to Books and Other Publications (selected)

1. THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY: 1945 – 1960, edited by Donald Allen
New York: Grove Press, 1960

2. 12 POETS & 1 PAINTER
San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation, 1964

3. THE SAN FRANCISCO POETS, edited by David Meltzer
New York: Ballantine Books, 1971

4. SOME POEMS/POETS: Studies in American Underground Poetry Since 1945, edited by Charters, Samuel
Berkeley: Oyez Press,1971

5. The Yes! Press Anthology
Santa Barbara: Christopher’s Books, 1972

6. Trip Trap: Haiku on the Road: Jack Kerouac, Albert Saijo, and Lew Welch
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1973

7. On Bread and Poetry: A Panel Discussion Between Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, and Philip Whalen, edited Donald Allen
Bolinas: Grey Fox Press, 1977


References consulted:

Bohn, Dave. OYEZ: THE AUTHORIZED CHECKLIST
Berkeley: n.p., 1997

Hawley, Bob. CHECKLISTS OF SEPARATE PUBLICATIONS OF POETS AT THE FIRST BERKELEY POETRY CONFERENCE 1965
Berkeley: Oyez/Cody’s, 1965

Johnston, Alastair. A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE AUERHAHN PRESS & ITS SUCCESSOR DAVE HASELWOOD BOOKS
Berkeley: Poltroon Press, 1976

Lepper, Gary M. A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION TO SEVENTY-FIVE MODERN AMERICAN AUTHORS
Berkeley: Serendipity Books, 1976