Writer Maggie Jochildwhose Twitter account described her as a "third-generation lesbian," "a sixth-generation Texan" and "radical poet pacifist novelist disabled optimistic"died Jan. 6. She was 61.
Alison Bechdel, on her blog Dykes to Watch Out For, had sent out good wishes to Jochild in a Jan. 3 post. Bechdel added that Jochild "met her partner, Margot [Williams], through this blog years ago. Margot has managed to get from the UK to Austin, TX, to be with Maggie."
On GroupNewsBlog.net, Jesse Wendel wrote that Jochild "was a fierce advocate for women, children, the disabled, dykes, people of color, for the underprivileged." Jochild's novel Ginny Bates is described here as "an amazing exploration of life lived intentionally by women, as free of the patriarchy as possible."
Wendel added that Jochild "was predeceased by her family, including her mother Mary Jo and her younger brother Bill. She is survived by her beloved Margot Williams, and a vast network of loving friends, cyber and tofu, in Austin and around the world."