24 Feb 2016

Author and champion poker player, Helen Ellis

From Nine To Noon, 10:09 am on 24 February 2016
Helen Ellis, author of American Housewife

Helen Ellis, author of American Housewife Photo: supplied

In her latest collection of short stories, American Housewife, Helen Ellis subverts traditional stereotypes of women in literature - the world of domesticity is dark and dangerous.

Ellis calls herself a housewife, but she is also a champion poker player who regularly competes in high stakes tournaments.

Her father taught her seven-card stud when she was 6 and she started entering tournaments in 2008, and in 2010 played at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

She talks to Kathryn Ryan.