Helen Tsiriotakis is a first-generation Greek-Canadian of Cretan heritage. Her first collection of poetry, A House of White Rooms, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Helen Tsiriotakis was born in Toronto, where she currently lives. She has also live in Crete, where she worked as an E.S.L. teacher and a translator. A House of White Rooms is her first book. She is currently at work on a novel.