Hey, welcome, I’m Tessa

About me

I am a designer, poet, and teacher

Aotearoa New Zealand-grown, Hamburg-based designer, writer, and teacher with expertise in non-profit & culture brand campaigns.


I have worked in the culture and non-profit space as an art director and designer for many years. Download my portfolio (16 mb⚡️)

Poetry collection Dream Houses

My debut collection Dream Houses 📖 published by Kelsay Books (US), was launched in 2019 and is available to order from the publisher, or on Amazon Europe/US here. I have read my work at the Hafenlesung, Altonale, and Ahab Readings Series in Hamburg, as a guest poet at the European Poetry Biennale in Transylvania, and at Lettrétage in Berlin.

Poetry Projects

In 2019, mezzo-soprano Audrey Bashore along with jazz trombonist and composer Lisa Stick, and cellist Ruben Jeyasundaram turned two poems from Dream Houses into Art Songs/Lieder. The Sound of the Sea, and Mother of Pearl had their first performance at my book launch in the Lesesaal Hamburg.

Short Fiction & Prose

My short fiction and prose texts have been published by Sydney University Press in Phoenix Writers Journal, as well as online at The Local Germany (behind a paywall but read for free on my site Letters from Hamburg here 😀), long-listed for the Berlin Writers Prize, performed by actors at Books Without Covers and read (by me!) at Fiction Canteen in Berlin. I have also worked in corporate storytelling in the tech industry.

Writers Who Write at Freiraum

I founded this writing meet-up in 2020 – we currently meet twice monthly in the Freiraum project room at Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe for focused writing sprints, ⏳ writerly companionship, and to banish that innere Schweinehund 🐷🐶

Connect with me

If you’d like to connect you can find me on instagram @tessa_sinclair_scott or, take a look at what I’ve been up to lately on Linktree🌴