Jack Hirschman was born in New York, New York. A proponent of the Beat Generation, he earned degrees from the City College of New York (CCNY) and Indiana University.
A poet and translator, Hirschman is the author of numerous books of poetry including, All That’s Left (City Lights Books, 2008) and The Arcanes (Multimedia, 2006). The former poet laureate of San Francisco and founder of the San Francisco International Poetry Festival, Hirschman taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. He died on August 22, 2021.