Jack Hirschman was born in New York City. He earned degrees from the City College of New York 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, Hirschman taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in San Francisco.