Cynthia Macdonald

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Cynthia Macdonald

Cynthia Lee Macdonald (February 2, 1928 – August 3, 2015) was an American poet.[1] She is the mother of American artist Jennifer Macdonald.


She was a member of the board of directors of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.[2]

She wrote the libretto for The Rehearsal (1978), an opera by Thomas Benjamin.[3]

She co-founded, with Stanley Plumly, the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston in 1979. She was a member of the English Department until her retirement in the mid-2000s, receiving the Esther Farfel Award for faculty excellence along the way.




  • Macdonald, Cynthia (June 1972). Amputations: Poems. George Braziller. ISBN 0-8076-0656-1. 
  • Macdonald, Cynthia (April 1977). Transplants: Poems. George Braziller. ISBN 0-8076-0810-6. 
  • Macdonald, Cynthia (1980-01-01). (W)Holes. NY: Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated. ISBN 0-394-50852-1. 
  • Macdonald, Cynthia (1985-09-12). Alternate Means of Transport. Knopf. ISBN 0-394-72968-4. 
  • Macdonald, Cynthia (1992-11-03). Living Wills: New and Selected Poems. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-74278-6. 
  • Macdonald, Cynthia (1997-01-01). I Can't Remember. Alfred a Knopf Inc. ISBN 0679454578. 


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