About Cindy

Cindy Frenkel’s remembrance “Galway Kinnell and the Blue Button-Down” appeared in The Southampton Review. Her essay from the anthology To Light a Fire, “Hearing Voices, Acting Crazy,” is about being a Writer-in-Residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project, which brings working poets into Detroit public schools. Her most expansive piece about teaching was recently published overseas in Writing in Education , entitled “Fifteen lessons from nine years of teaching.” Frenkel’s poetry has appeared in numerous places, including Mom Egg Review (MER), The MacGuffin, The Alembic, Poetica, Peacock Journal, and Renaissance City.

Photo by Eva Juni

With more than 30 years of professional writing experience, Frenkel has covered a wide array of topics and written for numerous institutions, including Marygrove College, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Roeper School, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the National Conference for Community and Justice. Some of the publications her work has appeared in include The New York Observer, Vanity FairThe Detroit Free Press , and The Detroit Jewish News.

Excerpts from the book she coauthored with Rabbi Daniel B. Syme, 100 Essential Books for Jewish Readers, are interesting for all readers, regardless of their religion.  Frenkel also served as writer and editor of The Detroit Institute of Arts Magazine (DIA), has authored several columns, including one for The New York Observer and three for Women’s Wire, an online magazine, where she served as the Detroit dive-in. She interviewed many local, notable women for her terse profiles, Women to Watch, including Rosa Parks, Irma Elder, Florine Mark, Carmen Harlen, Carol Quigley, Sue Marx, Madeline Triffon, and Eleanor Josaitis.

She’s interviewed numerous artists, including Arnold Newman, Dale Chihuly, Helen Levitt, Graceann Warn, Tracy Gallup, Charla Khanna, Laurie Eisenhart, and Jo Powers. She’s covered art movements and private collections as well, and has written about Pewabic Pottery, the Renaissance and the Medicis, The Manoogian Collection, antique clothing, fountain pens, handmade chocolates, costumes, and local places in metro Detroit. She also writes artists’ statements.

Frenkel earned her M.F.A. from Columbia University while working on The New Yorker’s editorial staff. She is certified in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), and she spent a week-long teacher’s residency at Falling Water, where she learned how to teach architecture in the classroom. These days, when she’s not writing, she can be found teaching writing and literature at Oakland Community College and Lawrence Technological University.  She also is passionate about antiquing, design, and animals. She serves on the board of A Single Soul, which helps to prevent death by suicide. She was a Hambidge Fellow in the spring of 2018.