Helen Thorpe has written for many magazines including 5280, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. Her first book, Just Like Us, was published by Scribner in the fall of 2009. She completed her second book, due out in 2014, during a residency at MacDowell.
Helen Thorpe worked in the Kirby studio.
Erected in memory of Sarah L. Kirby, who had left a bequest to MacDowell, this studio was the first — and remains the only — brick building on the grounds. Built by local mason Augustus Beaulieu, the load-bearing masonry walls rest on a fieldstone foundation. The design of the boxlike building is simple and compact…