Jack Hirschman (New York, US, 1933)
Jack Hirschman is an American poet and social activist. While attending City College, he worked for the Associated Press. In the 1950s and 1960s, Hirschman taught at Dartmouth College and University of California, Los Angeles. The Vietnam War, however, put an end to Hirschman’s academic career; he was fired from UCLA after encouraging his students to resist the draft. His first volume of poetry, published in 1960, included an introduction by Karl Shapiro. For a quarter century, Hirschman has roamed San Francisco streets, cafes and readings, becoming an active street poet and a peripatetic activist. Hirschman is also a painter and collagist, and has translated over two dozen books from German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Albanian, and Greek. He is an assistant editor at the left-wing literary journal Left Curve and is a correspondent for The People’s Tribune. Hirschman continues his work supporting the literary community and is the key organizer for the now biennial San Francisco International Poetry Festival.