Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Gift of Art for Tampa Review

Carol and Terry Parssinen joined the editors of Tampa Review at UT’s Plant Hall Conference Room on Friday, October 24, to make a special presentation. Carol recently retired as Senior Vice President of the Center for Innovation in Science Learning at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. She also worked in Philadelphia for many years with the American Poetry Review, retiring as chair of its Board of Directors, and it was this significant poetic and literary connection that prompted her presentation of a splendid American Poetry Review limited-edition lithograph.

Carol and Terry presented the editors with a five-color lithographic print, one of only 100 signed and numbered copies, of "The Quarrel" which brings together the poem of that title by Stanley Kunitz, former U.S. Poet Laureate, with the art of Robert Motherwell, one of the leading lights the New York School of American abstract expressionisism.

Carol, who holds a PhD in English and American literature from Brandeis University and has taught at Grinnell College, Grinnell-in-London, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, now resides in Tampa. Terry is a professor of history at the University of Tampa and a widely published author of scholarly and popular publications, including The Oster Conspiracy of 1938: The Unknown Story of the Military Plot to Kill Hitler. Their generous support cements a literary and historic connection to the City of Brotherly Love.

The afternoon was filled with lively conversation. The handsome lithograph now proudly hangs in the office of Tampa Review.