Hickman was born in Santa Barbara, California. He lived with his family in Bakersfield from 1937 to 1945. He attended Santa Barbara College, now University of California, Santa Barbara, and later studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where he played with the Berkeley Drama Guild.
After a tour in the Army, Hickman moved to New York City to continue his career in theater. In 1960 he returned to California to play at the Equity Library Theatre West in Los Angeles. After stints in New York City and San Francisco, Hickman settled permanently in Los Angeles in 1969 with his partner, the actor Charles Macaulay.
Charles Macaulay was born on September 26, 1927 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He was an actor, known for Splash (1984), The Big Red One (1980) and Blacula (1972). He died on August 13, 1999 in Healdsburg, California, USA.
Hickman's literary career began in the middle 1960s with the publication of the poem "Lee Sr Falls to the Floor" in The Hudson Review. A book-length section of his serial poem, "Tiresias", entitled "Tiresias, Great Slave Lake Suite", was published by Momentum Press in 1980. It was named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry.
A second book, Lee Sr Falls to the Floor (which collected early poems and several sections of "Tiresias"), was published posthumously by Jahbone Press in 1991.
Hickman worked as a poetry editor for the Los Angeles literary magazine Bachy, published by Papa Bach Bookstore, from 1977 to the spring of 1981. He edited issues nine to eighteen.
In 1981, he co-founded with Paul Vangelisti the magazine Boxcar: A Magazine of the Arts. The magazine ran for two issues.
In 1985, Hickman began publishing and editing Temblor, which continued for ten issues.
Hickman died in Los Angeles of AIDS-related causes. He was 56 years old.
Tiresias: The Collected Poems
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Nightboat Books/Otis Books/Seismicity Editions; F First Edition edition (December 12, 2009)
Amazon: Tiresias: The Collected Poems
Named for Leland Hickman’s unfinished, long poem, “Tiresias,” this volume gathers all of the poetry published during Hickman’s lifetime as well as unpublished pieces drawn from his archives at the University of California, San Diego. With this book, Hickman’s innovative, emotional, and absolutely unique confessional verse will join the landscape of twentieth century American experimental poetry.
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