Cindy Frenkel

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



Cindy's poetry manuscript The Plague of the Tender-Hearted is available to preorder from Finishing Line Press.

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


Preorder The Plague of the Tender-Hearted here


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Linda Sienkiewicz covered Cindy's "What, Why, and How" for her blog. Check out Linda's blog to read Cindy's reply.


Also, Cindy will be reading with the acclaimed poet Molly Peacock, as well as Dawn McDuffie and Christine Rhein, for ML Liebler's online series, The Living Room, on Sunday, July 12th at 2 p.m. Look it up on FB under ML Liebler and please join us!


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).


Four of her poems currently are featured in LTU's PRISM. Three poems will be appearing in The MacGuffin.


At Lawrence Technological University, Cindy's teaching classes she's designed on Creative Writing for Video Gamers.

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