Lillian Frankel (1915-2012)

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Lillian Frankel (1915-2012) wrote poetry that was published in the Maryland Poetry Review, Poet Lore, and The Washington Post as well as the anthologies Rye Bread: Women Poets Rising, Evidence of Community: Writing from the Jenny McKean Moore Workshops, Hungry As We Are, Open Door: A Poet Lore Anthology, and Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin. In the 1940’s, she wrote Department of Agriculture and Department of Education radio and documentary scripts, then went on to co-author 17 children’s “how-to” books with her husband. She was also a psychiatric social worker. Frankel later taught children’s writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and in the early 1990’s she won a Maryland State Arts Council grant to write poems about the Great Depression. She died of dementia. Her passion for social justice carried through in her poetry, as in her poem “Dance Class,” which blends the narrator’s present life and the hardships her parents faced during the Holocaust. AND AND Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin With thanks to Kim Roberts

Written by Monica Root November 2013

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