Jobert E. Abueva is author of the multi-award-winning Boy Wander - A Coming of Age Memoir (Rattling Good Yarns Press) released in May 2023.
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 Tribune, Newsweek 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, 2022 and 2023.
Boy Wander is an intimate coming-of-age portrait of the author’s sexuality as seen through the eyes of a child of the 1960s and 70s and a teenager before the advent of AIDS and finally as a young man arriving in America. From Manila, Kathmandu, Bangkok, and Tokyo to New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, the author navigates denial and acceptance, erotic and unconditional love, transience, and transnationalism. Even as the world has become more accepting over the decades, this book’s present-day relevance provides inspiration to those struggling to reconcile family values and societal expectations with being true to themselves.