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Sonoma Mountain Zen Center
6367 Sonoma Mountain Road
Sonoma Mountain Zen Center was formed in 1973 to continue the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and to make everyday Zen available to people in Sonoma County. We are situated on 80 acres of rolling hills and mountainous land, located 11 miles from
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Interview with Dave Haselwood
Dave Haselwood cuke page
[Dave Haselwood was at Zen Center
in 63 and 64.
I just saw him at Sonoma Mt. Zen Center
where I gave the Saturday talk (7/31/99).
He's a priest there now and going strong.
This interview was done on October 1, 1995.--DC]
Empty Bowl Sangha
in Cotati, CA meets on Thursday evenings at 7pm at 8922 Poplar Ave.
707-795-8695 for more info.[This info out of date]
first came out to California with Michael McClure.
Dave Haselwood was born in ...
Dave Haselwood was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1931.
He attended elementary schools in Wichita and in Latham, Kansas.
In Latham he first revealed a religious bent, teaching Sunday school classes and delivering sermons while in his early teens.
He attended Wichita High School East in the late 1940s and was a part of a group that included painter and filmmaker Bruce Conner and poet Michael McClure, artists who became his friends for life.
He studied at the University of Wichita, majoring in English, and was editor of the Sunflower Literary Review.
In 1953, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and began graduate studies.
In 1954, after a summer in Mexico, he joined the United States Army.
For most of his enlistment he was stationed in Germany and traveled extensively throughout Europe.
In 1957, Dave Haselwood came to San Francisco to study at San Francisco State, but in 1958, he dropped out to found the Auerhahn Press (named for a rare European grouse) to publish the poets and artists of what became known as the Beat Generation.
The first title he
published was "The Hotel Wentley Poems" by John Weiners.
publications were noted for their physical beauty and the care that went into their production.
had taken a printing course in high school and learned the rudiments of letterpress, which he
appreciated for its aesthetic effect and the affordability of outmoded equipment.
handset most of his
books and printed them on a platen press.
"The first and final consideration in printing is the poetry itself," Haselwood
wrote in 1960. ''If the poems are great they create their own space.
The publisher is just a midwife during the final operation.
Contrary to what to what many people think, including publishers, publishing is not a gentleman's profession, it is the occupation of a crook or a madman."
The press grew more influential in the avant-garde but never quite became solvent.
In 1964, Haselwood
and Hoyem ended the Auerhahn Press
went on to bring out titles by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Plymell, and Joanne Kyger under the imprint of Dave Haselwood Books.
Dave Haselwood met Hilda Polak, a lawyer, in 1967; they were married in 1969.
In 1973, Dave Haselwood
changed professions and became a landscape architect.
took an active part in his
In 2007, Dave Haselwood
was diagnosed with indolent lymphoma.
bore the burden of ill health with aplomb, wit, good humor, and great clarity of mind, and stayed involved with lives of his
friends and his
loved California's coasts, rivers, mountains, and deserts, and was an inveterate birdwatcher.
favorite camping spots were the Yolla Bolly Wilderness, Letts Lake, and Death Valley.
was a remarkable, multifaceted man.
played a seminal role in the San Francisco avant-garde movement in literature that suddenly exploded and changed the world.
is mourned by his
Zen students, his
teacher, and his
Dave Haselwood (cuke link), ...
Dave Haselwood (cuke link), former Suzuki student and head of the Empty Bowl Sangha in Cotati - no website but here's info
Local Zen priest Dave Haselwood whom I mentioned above was next.
poltroon press news
The nine pieces that comprise "Prolegomena to a study of the Universe" were sent to Dave Haselwood of Auerhahn Press.
Haselwood and artist Robert LaVigne hitch-hiked up to Portland, where Whalen was working as a court bailiff to meet him and secure the manuscript which became his first published book of poetry Memoirs of an Interglacial Age.
But until those digital tools arrived, ...
But until those digital tools arrived, poets such as Cid Corman (Origin), Robert Creeley (Divers Press) Diane di Prima and Amiri Baraka (Yugen/Totem Press), Dave Haselwood (Auerhahn Press) and Laurence Ferlinghetti (City Lights Books) provided poets leading up to and including the Beat Generation a way into print through their own small presses and publications.