Betsy Thorpe studied folklore and ethnic anthropology at the University of Oregon and is a scholar of early twentieth- century Southern culture and history. She studied the art of writing creative nonfiction in an online class offered by the Creative Nonfiction Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A freelance writer, Betsy specializes in reflections on historic and current events. She is also a long-time waitress. She lives with her daughter and three granddaughters in Nashville, Tennessee.
Thorpe is an honorary member of the Bellevue Harpeth Historical Association and the Nashville, Chattanooga Preservation Society. She is also a member of Nashville Historic, Inc. In 2009, she joined the Nashville Writers Meetup Group. She is most proud of her awards in 2011 and 2012 of a private, individual Writer's Room at the Nashville Public Library, an honor bestowed by the library upon a select number of authors. In 2014, Betsy was again honored when she was invited to contribute to the Nashville Encyclopedia. This on-line project is creating an important resource documenting Nashville history and culture.
When Betsy is not writing, serving food to customers, or daydreaming about the past, she and her three grand- daughters enjoy watching primetime soaps and crime shows on TV, bicycle riding, cooking Rachael Ray 30- Minute-Meals, and taking Greyhound Bus and Amtrak Train adventures together. The Day The Whistles Cried: The Great Cornfield Meet at Dutchman's Curve is her first book.