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Jobert E. Abueva

memoirist - storyteller - essayist

Jobert E. Abueva is the author of Boy Wander - A Coming of Age Memoir  (Rattling Good Yarns Press) releasing on May 3, 2023 and available now for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble as well as through your favorite independent bookseller. eBook also available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple Books

He is Lambda Literary's 2022 inaugural winner of the J. Michael Samuel Prize for Emerging Writers Over 50. He is also 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 essay, "How to Forgo a Best Friend" is featured in the spring 2023 Beyond Queer Words anthology. 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” was 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 TribuneNewsweek Japan, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Poetry Nippon and most recently The Philadelphia Inquirer where eight of his op-ed pieces are among the paper’s most read pieces in 2021 and 2022.   

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 for Clairol 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 Associate Vice President, Global Brand Marketing for Languages at ETS in Princeton, NJ.   

Jobert currently serves as Chair of the Governance Committee as part of the WHYY (Greater Philadelphia NPR/PBS Affiliate) Community Advisory Board as well as on the Board of Directors of the ACME Screening Room (Lambertville, NJ). 

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

Jobert is happy to engage with Boy Wander readers and book clubs. 



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