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."
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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
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
The poems in Cindy Frenkel’s chapbook The Plague of the Tender-Hearted sear and delight. There are the brave, wrenching poems reanimating her beloved brother who took his own life. There are poems that sing with painful memory and even more painful love. There is the poignant poem spanning three generations of women, a trefoil of “roles reversed, everything askew.” Frenkel’s four-line “Elegy” is as powerful in its brevity as her "Anatomy of Color,” an ode to spring that unfurls over two pages. I cannot decide which I favor more, “This has been” or “Raising her is better than.” The former is a poem to her lover; the latter a love poem to her daughter. Fortunately I don’t have to choose. The Plague of the Tender-Hearted will rest on my nightstand for quite a while.
- Debra Darvick
Cindy's recent poem about thugs, including The Purple Gang, appeared recently in Nu? Detroit. Here's the link.
Cindy, along with Theresa Lin and Nathaniel Berry, read during Columbia University’s “Columbia Selects” 7pm EST on December 9th via Zoom. Columbia Selects is the Writing Program’s storied alumni reading series. Watch here.
Meet the Author: Cindy Frenkel, The Plague of the Tender-Hearted
Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to meet Cindy Frenkel, Michigan author and educator speaking about her chapbook, The Plague of the Tender-Hearted. She will also discuss its back story, including owning her voice in her late middle years, as well as diminishing the stigma of mental illness and addiction, all while replacing it with intimacy, purpose, and humor. The evening will be filled with insight and reflection on topics we call all relate to in our lives. Learn more here.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 16 at 1pm Eastern time
Cindy's work appears in the newly released international anthology, Divining Dante (Recent Works Press, Canberra, Australia), celebrating the 700th anniversary of the death of the great poet.
Two of Cindy's poems are forthcoming in the anthology Poets Speaking to Poets: Echoes and Tributes.
On August 30, 2021, Cindy was interviewed by The New York Corner's Literary Parrot. Watch it here.
Cindy appeared at The Book Beat from 1:30-3pm on Sunday, August 15th, along with other authors, to celebrate Book Beat's 39th anniversary. Learn more here!
On August 8th, 11am-2pm, Cindy was at an outdoor Summer Book Bash to kick off the 70th Anniversary Season of the Detroit Jewish Book Fair at the Jewish Community Center on Drake Road in West Bloomfield.
Cindy's article "Teaching Classic Lit Helps Game Designers Make Better Stories" is live on WIRED. Read it here!
On Friday, October 30th 2020 , Jenifer Smythe DeBellis interviewed Cindy on Pink Panther Magazine's, PPM's AUTHOR TALK, Live-podcast-vlog.
Cindy spoke via Zoom at the Jewish Book Fair on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020. View it here!
Cindy read 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 2020. Watch it here!
Cindy and her new book of poetry were recently featured in The Jewish News. Read the article here.
Cindy taught Creative Writing for Video Gamers, the class she designed with guidance from other faculty, at Lawrence Technological University.
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).