Poet and social activist who was part of the San Francisco Renaissance. His numerous poetry collections include Lyripol, A Correspondence of Americans, and The Bottom Line.
He attended Indiana University. He later edited a literary publication called Left Curve.
When he was nineteen years old, he sent a story to Ernest Hemingway, who responded with positive feedback.
His first wife, Ruth Epstein, worked for National Public Radio (NPR). He and Epstein raised two children. He later married Agneta Falk, a Swedish-born artist and writer.
While on the faculty of the University of California-Los Angeles, Hirschman taught Doors frontman Jim Morrison.