Twisted by Jessica Zafra – Pumping irony since 1994

About Jessica

Jessica Zafra is a writer based in Manila. She has written two collections of short stories, The Stories So Far and Manananggal Terrorizes Manila, as well as a dozen collections of essays on film, literature, travel, rock music, popular culture and politics. Many of these pieces appeared previously in her influential column Twisted in the newspaper Today (1994-2004).

Jessica’s essays have been published in the New Yorker, Newsweek, the HK Standard, and The National (Abu Dhabi). She was editor-in-chief of Flip: The Official Guide to World Domination, and the annual literary journal Manila Envelope.

Outside of publishing, Jessica has hosted talk shows on the FM stations NU-107 and K-Lite and the TV show Points of View, and managed a band. She was an executive producer on Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysayan (Norte, The End of History, Lav Diaz, 2014) and screenwriter of Esoterika: Manila (Elwood Perez, 2014).

Jessica is not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any social media, being antisocial. However, she blogs regularly and conducts writing workshops. You can reach her at

She presents, along with Pepe Diokno, a weekly travel show which airs every Sunday at 7:30pm on CNN Philippines.

Jessica is working on her second novel. Her first novel will be published in 2017.