No Lonesome Road
Author: Don West
No Lonesome Road is the landmark publication of the work of Appalachia’s legendary poet-activist, Don West (1906-1992). A best-selling literary phenomenon, Appalachian historian, political militant and labor organizer, organic farmer and preacher, West is perhaps best known as the co-founder of the historic Highlander Folk School in Tennessee and the founder of the Appalachian South Folklife in West Virginia.
This book is divided into two sections—prose and poetry—and spans more than five decades of West’s literary career. No Lonesome Road incorporates poems from each of West’s collections and a newly recovered chapbook. It also includes the first comprehensive and annotated collection of West’s nonfiction essays, articles, letters, speeches, and stories, covering his role at the forefront of changes affecting the course of Southern and Appalachian history. And as a pioneer writer on the South’s little-known legacy of radical activism. No Lonesome Road is the best possible introduction to the remarkable times of Don West and a vital chronicle in Southern history, literature, culture, and activism.
Drawing from both primary and secondary sources, including previously unknown documents, correspondence, interviews, FBI files, and newspaper clippings, the introduction by Jeff Biggers provides an in-depth historical background for understanding West’s extraordinary life and work.