Cynthia Macdonald

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Cynthia Macdonald

Cynthia Lee Macdonald (February 2, 1928 – August 3, 2015) was an American poet, educator, and psychoanalyst.[1]

Life[edit]

Macdonald was born in Manhattan to screenwriter Leonard Macdonald and his wife Dorothy Kiam Macdonald.[2]

She earned a B.A. in English from Bennington College in 1950 and pursued studies in voice at the Mannes School of Music in 1951-1952.[3] She pursued a career in opera and concert singing from 1953-1966.[4] After changing her focus to poetry, Macdonald received a master's degree in writing and literature from Sarah Lawrence College.[5]

She went on to teach creative writing at Sarah Lawrence University and Johns Hopkins University.[6] She co-founded the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston with fellow poet Stanley Plumly in 1979. She was a member of the English Department at the University of Houston until her retirement in 2004,[7] receiving the Esther Farfel Award for faculty excellence.

Macdonald also worked as a psychoanalyst, having received a certification from the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute in 1986. She specialized in working with people who had writer's block.[8]

She was a member of the board of directors of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.[9]

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

She was the mother of American artist Jennifer Macdonald.

Awards[edit]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • 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. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cynthia MacDonald - Obituary - New York, NY". New York Times. August 16, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ Grimes, William (2015-08-24). "Cynthia Macdonald, Poet Known for Humor and Ability to Shock, Dies at 87". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Macdonald, Cynthia 1928- - Dictionary definition of Macdonald, Cynthia 1928- | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Macdonald, Cynthia 1928- - Dictionary definition of Macdonald, Cynthia 1928- | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  5. ^ Grimes, William (2015-08-24). "Cynthia Macdonald, Poet Known for Humor and Ability to Shock, Dies at 87". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  6. ^ Grimes, William. "Cynthia Macdonald, Poet Known for Humor and Ability to Shock, Dies at 87". nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Grimes, William. "Cynthia Macdonald, Poet Known for Humor and Ability to Shock, Dies at 87". nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Grimes, William. "Cynthia Macdonald, Poet Known for Humor and Ability to Shock, Dies at 87". nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cynthia MacDonald -- 3rd Annual Literary Festival -- Old Dominion University -- Sept 29-30; Oct 1-2, 1980". odu.edu. 
  10. ^ http://www3.wooster.edu/ArtfulDodge/interviews/macdonald.htm Archived May 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2009-11-19.  Nothing at website for "Cynthia MacDonald" per search there. Archived July 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ http://www.gf.org/fellows/9167-cynthia-macdonald org Archived June 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Macdonald, Cynthia 1928- - Dictionary definition of Macdonald, Cynthia 1928- | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  14. ^ http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=968 Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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