Founded by printer-poet [[Dave Haselwood]] in 1958, the Auerhahn Press published many key poets of the [[San Francisco Renaissance]].
Stated in advertisements appearing in [[Evergreen Review]], [[Poetry]], [[City Lights Journal]] and [[Big Table]] magazines, the press’s goal was “to re-marry good printing and writing,” and to this end the Auerhahn published 28 letterpress-printed titles between 1958 and 1964. Most were chapbooks handset by Haselwood, later with [[Andrew Hoyem]], in a creative and subtle variety of fonts. Its first title was [[The Hotel Wentley Poems]] by [[John Wieners]].
The press was based in San Francisco and published the first books of many emerging and soon-to-be influential poets, including Wieners and [[Lew Welch]]. Its catalogue, uniformly out of print, includes works by [[Jack Spicer]]; [[Diane DiPrima]]; [[Philip Lamantia]]; [[Michael McClure]]; [[Philip Whalen]]; [[David Meltzer]]; [[William Everson]] (Brother Antoninus); [[Charles Olson]]; and the first edition of , an early collaboration in cut-ups by [[William S. Burroughs]] and [[Brion Gysin]]. These among others were the “insurgent American writers” that the press detected in its search for the “bold, free and courageous in modern writing”.