Born and raised in Michigan, Tina Essmaker is a Brooklyn-based editor, interviewer, and writer. 

As cofounder and Editor in Chief of The Great Discontent, a publication of in-depth conversations with today's artists, makers, and risk-takers, Tina discovered the joy of embracing her curiosity and posing questions that illuminate the creative life.

Since August 2011, she has interviewed over 250 individuals for The Great Discontent’s various mediums, including the web, print, live events, and a podcast. Some of her most memorable subjects to date include Tavi Gevinson, Krista Tippett, David Bazan, Debbie Millman, and Leon Bridges.

In 2017, Tina was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine. She also served as Chair of the 2017 AIGA Design Conference, helping to curate an exciting lineup of mainstage speakers and symposia hosts.

Prior to her current pursuits, she earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit and spent over a decade working with runaway and homeless youth in Michigan. During those years, she learned the key to great dialogue: you must listen.


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