Professional Bio

Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her magazine work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, Westword, and 5280. She has also reported radio stories that have aired on This American Life and Soundprint.

Her first book, JUST LIKE US: THE TRUE STORY OF FOUR MEXICAN GIRLS COMING OF AGE IN AMERICA, won the Colorado Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. It was adapted for the stage by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Her second book, SOLDIER GIRLS: THE BATTLES OF THREE WOMEN AT HOME AND AND WAR, was named number one nonfiction book of the year by TIME Magazine.

Helen is interested in nonfiction writing that is written with flair and falls into the general categories of reported narrative nonfiction or the personal essay. She is drawn to fact-oriented writing of all kinds, and is especially interested if the work tackles social issues or deals with inequity.