Cindy Frenkel

Cindy is a poet, essayist, editor, and teacher who lives in Metro Detroit.



"The Plague of the Tender-Hearted," Cindy's chapbook, may be ordered now from Finishing Line Press. To hear Cindy read a sample from that collection, click here .


To learn the backstory about the book, please read Linda Sienkiewicz's blog where she asks Cindy "What, Why, and How."


In The Plague of the Tender-Hearted, Cindy Frenkel makes her way through the maze of family death, divorce, even a brother’s suicide without ever losing the ability to embrace joys small and large. Despite heart-rending troubles there is still beauty in the natural world, the discovery of an unlikely new love, and moments with a beloved daughter when night “stars spill out, / enough to occupy the universe.”

–Mary Jo Firth Gillett


With her three-part alchemy of plain speaking, suddenly perfect metaphors, and explosive, morally anchored last lines, Cindy Frenkel portrays a family in The Plague of the Tender-Hearted. From the witty to the elegiac, the poems quest for the why beneath a brother’s suicide and examine the underside of prosperity. But the marvels of this collection are the sassy buoyant poems of love for a daughter and unexpected love after divorce. Frenkel uses memory, the dynamics of ageing parents, and the legacy of the holocaust to pierce us with her bullseye poetic one-liners. The Plague of the Tender-Hearted, with its gem-like rhymes, is both an exploration and a revelation.

–Molly Peacock, author of The Analyst and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems


Order The Plague of the Tender-Hearted here


Cindy and her new book of poetry were recently featured in The Jewish News. Read the article here.


Three poems are currently in The MacGuffin; to read one of them, click here. Three poems are forthcoming in Pink Panther Magazine. Four of her poems were recently in LTU's PRISM.


Teaching News:

Cindy is teaching three different level Creative Writing Classes that she's designed at Lawrence Technological University, including Creative Writing for Video Gamers.


Published overseas, “Fifteen lessons from nine years of teaching” appears in Writing in Education, Issue Number 76, published by the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).



Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson