Friday, May 12, 2023

Jack Hirschman

Jack Hirschman (1933 –2021) was an American poet and social activist who wrote more than 100 volumes of poetry and essays.

Hirschman was born in New York City to a Russian Jewish family. He received a B.A. from the City College of New York in 1955 and an M.A. (1957) and Ph.D. (1961) from Indiana University.

In the 1950s and 60s, Hirschman taught at Dartmouth College and the University of California. During his tenure at UCLA, one of the students enrolled in his class was Jim Morrison. 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.

For a quarter century, Hirschman roamed San Francisco streets and cafes, becoming an active street poet and a peripatetic activist. Hirschman was also a painter and collagist.

Jack Hirschman, Aggie Falk

In June 1999, Hirschman married the Swedish poet, writer and artist Agneta Falk.

Hirschman died at his home in San Francisco on August 22, 2021, at age 87.

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