GUILFORD >> "Our Favorite Poems," the second collaborative reading by Don McLean and Tom Ragle, will be presented tonight at Guilford Community Church at 7 p.m. Admission is by a donation in any amount, to benefit the work of the Community Church.
This program follows Ragle and McLean's initial program, of sonnets, last May at the church. On this occasion, each reader has chosen from his favorite poems, spanning four centuries.
Tom Ragle served as president of Marlboro College from 1958 to 1981. He holds an A.B. in ancient Greek history and literature from Harvard University and a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature from Oxford University. He served for many years on the board of Write Action, a nonprofit organization formed to promote the literary arts in the larger Brattleboro community.
Don McLean holds an A.B. with Distinction in English Language and Literature from Boston University. He is known for his public readings of the works of Guilford Federalist-era poet, Royall Tyler and his annual reading works of Hardy, Dickens, Truman Capote, Dylan Thomas and other authors on Friends of Music's Christ Church Christmas program.
The November reading will include works of British and American poets, featuring the work South Newfane's William Mundell.