Based in the US, Jessica Hagedorn is a multi-awarded Filipino-American playwright, writer, poet, and multimedia performance artist.

Dogeaters is one of her most famous novels published in 1990 which was also adapted into a play by the same name. Dogeaters, set in the late 1950s in Manila (the capital of the Philippines), addresses several social, political and cultural issues present in the Philippines during the 1950s. The destinies of a varied group of characters–movie stars, department store clerks, the wealthiest man in the Philippines–are intertwined with a beauty pageant, a film festival, and an assassination, in an incisive study of the Philippines under Marcos.