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 highly influential column Twisted, which appeared 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. At present she is a columnist at InterAksyon, and beginning December 2014 she is starting another column at BusinessWorld.
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 is 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 or Instagram. However, she blogs everyday and gives talks/workshops at the Ayala Museum and other venues.