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Tobias Maxwell was born and raised in Cornwall, Canada. He joined the first Canadian Youtheatre company at fifteen and toured the province of Ontario for a summer. A few years later, after a brief stint as a runaway and an even briefer stint at theatre school, he joined the ranks of Actors Equity and spent ten years pursuing an acting career that took him across Canada, to New York City, Santa Fe and Los Angeles.

He went back to school and studied the Great Books Program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD., Japanese at Middlebury College and Russian at U. C. Santa Cruz before completing his BA at U. C. Riverside. He tried law school for a year at McGeorge School of Law before completing a Master of Science in Counseling at CSU Sacramento.

Tobias is the author of three novels, Thomas (semi-finalist Lambda Awards 2003), The Sex and Dope Show Saga and The Month After September; a novella, And Baby Makes Two, three memoirs, 1973—Early Applause1977—The Year of Leaving Monsieur and 1983—The Unknown Season; and a poetry collection, Homogium.

His material has appeared in The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Worlds Magazine, Ephemeral Elegies, Monterey Poetry Review, Balita, Mom…Guess What, LA Edge, Art & Understanding, New Century and The California Therapist. His one-act play, The Mary Play, was republished in 2014 by Black Lawrence Press in Art & Understanding: Literature from the First Twenty Years of A&U.

His final volume of memoirs in his actor’s cycle, Naked Ink: Diary of a Smalltown Boy, will be published in October 2021.

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