Dave Haselwood was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1931.
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
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
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