About Cindy

Cindy’s poetry has appeared in two new anthologies, Poets to Poets: Echoes and Tributes and Divining Dante, as well as Nu? DetroitMom Egg Review (MER), The MacGuffin, The Alembic, Poetica, Peacock Journal, and Renaissance City.

Photo by Eva Juni

With more than 40 years of professional writing experience, Cindy has covered a wide array of topics and written for numerous institutions, including Marygrove College, The Detroit Institute of Art (where she wrote and edited DIA, the museum’s monthly publication), The Roeper School, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and the National Conference for Community and Justice.

Cindy wrote “How to Set Healthy Boundaries Around What You Share Online” and “Teaching Classic Lit Helps Game Designers Make Better Stories” recently for WIRED.com.  Her work also has appeared in The New York ObserverVanity FairThe Detroit Free Press, and The Detroit Jewish News.

Her 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 published overseas in Writing in Education, entitled “Fifteen lessons from nine years of teaching.

Excerpts from the book she co-authored 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. She’s been on staff at various colleges since 2008. She is passionate about suicide awareness and prevention, civil rights, animal rescue, antiquing, and design. 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.