Jayson Parba holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education major in English and Master of Arts in English major in Literature from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. A budding writer in the Philippines, he was a fellow of the Davao Writers' Workshop, 11th Iyas Creative Writing Workshop, and the 17th Iligan National Writers Workshop where he was awarded the Jimmy Balacuit Literary Award for Fiction. He also taught ESL and literature courses at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines before coming to UH as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant sponsored by the Fulbright Scholarship Program of the US Department of State.
Parba's short stories My Uncle Gaspar Takes A Wife, A Private Family Affair, Ga-i Kog Itik, Parts, Relo were published in Sunstar Davao and dagmay.kom.ph. For Dangoyngoy sa Suba, he won First Prize in the Mindanao Fiction Writing Contest in Bisaya sponsored by Davao Writers Guild, UP Mindanao, and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts. His story Bawog nga Sanga won 3rd prize in the first Satur Apoyon Fiction Writing Contest in Bisaya, sponsored by NCCA and the Davao Writers Guild.