in Aotearoa New Zealand. She has made her home in the northern port city of Hamburg, Germany since 2006. Her work, described by Australian Poet David Brooks as “by turns, earthy and sensual, savvy and strikingly perceptive, strikingly apt…”, ranges across poetry, short fiction and graphics, and has been presented in Hamburg and Berlin and published in online and print journals and anthologies. In 2017 she read the graphic poem cycle “ten houses” at the European Poetry Biennale in Romania. These poems became the backbone of her first poetry collection, DREAM HOUSES, published in 2019 by independent poetry press Kelsay Books in California.
A Painting/Literature BFA and Graphic Design graduate Tessa also holds a Creative Writing MFA from the University of Sydney. Download a more comprehensive cv/bio here.