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Poet - Writer - Storyteller

Jobert E. Abueva is the recipient of the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Literary Award for historical LGBTQ+ short fiction (“Postmortem”) as well as two National Arts Club literary scholarships for non-fiction.  He was named winner of the Writer’s Advice 2021 Flash Memoir contest (“Manila, 1970”).   His short story, “Land of Opportunity” was published in the Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly and his front-page business exposé on “Return of the Native Executive” is featured in The New York Times Management Reader (Times Books).  He is former managing editor of The Bucks County Writer literary magazine produced by the then Writers Room of Bucks County in Doylestown.   

Jobert is also a winning storyteller having performed on the 'Word of Mouth' stage at the Bucks County Playhouse Theater.  His writings have appeared in multiple publications including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek Japan, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Poetry Nippon and most recently The Philadelphia Inquirer where three of his op-ed pieces are among the paper’s most read stories thus far in 2021 [ Vatican decision not to bless same-sex unions is wrong | Opinion (inquirer.com); Asian Americans must support each other after Atlanta attacks on our community | Opinion (inquirer.com); How I went from ‘meh’ to impassioned about celebrating my Asian heritage | Opinion (inquirer.com). Among his current projects is his first book, a boyhood memoir.

He hails from Manila, the Philippines and grew up in Brooklyn, Kathmandu, Bangkok, and Tokyo where he graduated from St. Mary’s international School.  He has a BA in Asian Studies and Economics from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor as well as an MBA in Marketing from Columbia Business School.

Jobert’s global marketing career has spanned multiple sectors from personal care [holding posts in the UK, China and Thailand] and home furnishings [former co-owner of Monkey Hill] to the energy sector as well as educational assessments as the current Executive Director, Brand and Innovation Marketing at ETS in Princeton, NJ.   

He has lived in New Hope in Bucks County, PA since 2000.