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Edwin Clark (Toby) Johnson, Ph.D., is a writer, editor and former psychotherapist now in semi-retirement. During the 1970s, he lived in Northern California and was on staff for many of Joseph Campbell’s appearances during that time and corresponded with Campbell for over a decade. He is author of two spiritual autobiographies, two books on gay spirituality, and four novels. His 1990 novel Secret Matter received a Lambda Literary Award in the Science Fiction category and the 2000 book Gay Spirituality, a Lammy in Spirituality/Religion.
Toby Johnson and Kip Dollar, partners since 1984, ran Liberty Books, the gay and lesbian community bookstore in Austin, TX, 1988-1994, and managed two B&B operations together.
From 1996-2003, Johnson edited White Crane: A Journal of Gay Men’s Spirituality. He worked as a literary editor and book designer with Lethe Press, 2005-2015. He’s been hosting a MeetUp Group in Austin on Spirituality for over seven years. And he’s on the Steering Committee of Austin’s LGBT Coalition on Aging.
In 2018, Toby and Kip were legally married on their 34th anniversary.
Johnson’s website is tobyjohnson.com
The Photo posted is from 1980, when the first edition of The Myth of the Great Secret was published. This was on the back of the book. The photo was taken by Toby's dear friend Leslie Peterson.