It is with a heavy heart that I report that Joanna Russ has passed away. Perhaps it is fortunate that her hospice care was not prolonged. We have lost an imaginative author and fierce scholar. She will be missed. Read more: Locus Online News » Joanna Russ 1937-2011.
It is always unfortunate to hear of someone experiencing a stroke–a neurological event that erases functions, memories, and eventually the self. It is particularly difficult to accept something so terrible happening to someone you respect a great deal. This is the now the case with Joanna Russ. By email to the feministsf email list, Ide Cyan shared a link to SF Site’s short report: Joanna Russ in Hospice. Apparently, she has endured “a series of strokes” and she is now in hospice care.
I have wrote on Joanna Russ’ scholarship in a previous post here.
UPDATE: I am afraid that Joanna Russ has passed away. More information here.