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"The Grifter, the Poet, and the Runaway Train," by Geoffrey Douglas. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
"The Grifter, the Poet, and the Runaway Train," by Geoffrey Douglas. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Writer, reporter and editor Geoffrey Douglas has been a contributor to Yankee Magazine for 20 years. His latest book is collection of some of his most powerful work from Yankee, entitled "The Grifter, The Poet, And The Runaway Train: Stories From A Yankee Writer's Notebook."

It features 17 different stories, from the death of a virtually unknown horse jockey in Northhampton, to the new lives of Somali refugees in Maine, to a small New Hampshire town police officer's difficult decision.

The common thread is Douglas' interest in ordinary people and how they behave when facing immense tragedy, struggle, or loss.

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Geoffrey Douglas, writer, reporter and editor. He's also a former adjunct professor of writing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he still contributes pieces to their publications.

This segment aired on September 4, 2019.

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