A magical accident, poker chose me later in life. I've trained with three world-class coaches--three-time WSOP bracelet winner Matt Matros; best-selling poker wizard Ed Miller; and Tommy Angelo, whose book Elements of Poker is one of the game's seminal texts. 

I cut my teeth on New York's underground cash scene, which is captured in my essay Poker For Girls. One of the few women poker writers, I created The Total Poker Manual for Weldon Owen and CardPlayer Magazine—a one-of-a-kind illustrated text covering five game variations. I also edited Ed Miller's The Course. Through social media, I devote myself to women’s issues on the felt, and blog for both PokerNews and the training site Red Chip Poker. I'm pleased to have appeared on many respected podcasts in the U.S. and abroad including ThinkingPokerJust HandsTop Pair Home GameRed Chip Poker, House of CardsPokerNews

and Postflop Poker.

Leveraging 20 years in financial marketing, I also consult with serious poker brands who want to differentiate in a crowded field. Hoping to inspire other women in love with the game, I'm writing a memoir about my unusual poker life.



A novelist, short-story writer, and memoirist, I have a passion for documenting the vigorous collisions of race, class, loss, and love. I studied philosophy and English literature at UCLA, and hold a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from New York University where I was mentored by E.L. Doctorow. 

My first published short story Into The Wind appeared in The Mailer Review. My short story Dear Mr. Doctorow, 

which won the 2nd place Bechtel Prize, appeared in Teachers & Writers Magazine in March of 2017. An excerpt from my poker memoir Poker for Girls appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Britain's Shooter Literary Magazine. I was honored to have an editorial in The New York Daily News, a hometown paper with a venerated progressive history, and be quoted in the Wall Street Journal's Moneyish on the topic of women and language. 

Spanning 80 years, my first novel, Paradise, is a Lower East Side family saga that speaks in tongues—English, Spanish, and Yiddish. It chronicles the unlikely friendship between two orphans, Jewish and Puerto Rican, separated in age by 60 years who give each other a reason to live. Breaking new ground in urban fiction, the spirit of the novel artfully merges the energy of Henry Roth and Junot Diaz. A memoir and second novel are in progress. 

A chapter from Paradise was a top-ten finalist in the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Contest, and received an honorable mention from the New Millennium Writings' Fiction Competition. My story Into the Wind received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train's Short-Story Award for New Writers, while my story Dear Mr. Doctorow received an honorable mention from the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition (global). I received a teaching grant from Poets and Writers. Having started my writing life as a poet, I was a semi-finalist in the 1999 Nation/Discovery Poetry Contest. As a print journalist, my work has appeared The Village Voice. The Guardian (UK), The National Law Journal, and The Los Angeles Reader, among others.


An unrepentant humanist, I love to unearth in words the minute joys found in human communities everywhere. I staunchly protect access to the arts by leading free writing workshops at the New York Transit Museum, in partnership with the New York Writers Coalition.

Eileen Sutton

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