Randy Lowens / Don Jennings / Prole Cat
May 2, 1960 - March 8, 2012
Don Jennings passed away March 8, 2012, in Richmond, Kentucky. He is best known to many of us by his pen name, Randy "Prole Cat" Lowens. In lieu of flowers the Family request contributions to any public library in Don’s memory.
Don was a former Workers Solidarity Alliance member, a founding member of Atlanta's Capital Terminus Collective and a supporter of Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Federation.
From our mutual friend and comrade Shafik: "Very sad to hear the news of our comrade Don Jennings recent death. Don was a steadfast fighter for justice, a prolific writer, a founding member of Atlanta's Capital Terminus Collective, a student of life, adventurer, philosopher, loyal friend and companion to many and a true mensch. May his memory remain to encourage us in our struggles to create a better, more beautiful world. RIP dear comrade."
North Eastern Anarchist #15 2011 published his interview with bell hooks: "How Do You Practice Intersectionalism?"
For anarkismo.net he wrote this manifesto for his homeland: "An Anarchist Communist Strategy for Rural, Southern Appalachia" about opposing Mountain Top Removal coal mining.
He also wrote:
- "Postmodernism in Literature and Politics: Experimental Fiction and Post-Left Anarchy"
- "Noble Gestures and Effective Boycotts: Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and the Struggles Ahead"
- "The Bogeyman Under Bush's Bed: Islamic Extremists or Organized Workers?"
- "The Mortgage Crisis in the USA"
- "The Periodic Crises of Market Economies"
- "Connecting the Privatized Dots: a review of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine"
His stories have been featured in "Wrong Tree Review", "A-Minor", "Dew on the Kudzu" and elsewhere. More of Randy's writing can also be found at http://todaysdeepsouth.blogspot.com/search?q=Randy+Lowens and http://oaknpine.blogspot.com/2011/02/randy-lowens-greatest-hits-compilation.html
Randy was reared in the north Georgia hills where he worked as welder, machinist and air conditioning repairman. Enraged by the abuses of employers, he began writing for leftist journals. He resided in eastern Kentucky, home schooled his daughter, cooked gourmet meals and composed fiction informed by all these experiences.
Randy received the Tacenda Literary Award for the Best Short Story of 2007, illuminating social injustice. His writing has been featured in JMWW (literary fiction); Fifth Estate (a counter cultural/anarchist journal); Clockwise Cat, Wanderings and Blue Collar Review (poetry); Cherry Bleeds (transgressive fiction); Thieves Jargon (drug lit); Pemmican (working class fiction); Unlikely Stories 2.0 (an insider's look at The Left); Dogmatica (Small Town Taboos Flagrantly Flouted); Word Riot and elsewhere. Most recently excerpts from a novel-in-progress appeared on Fried Chicken and Coffee and Dew on the Kudzu.
Illustration by Ralls Jennings
"never was very obedient", Don Jennings
MR. DON JENNINGS, age 51, of Richmond Kentucky, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Richmond. Mr. Jennings was born in Ware Shoals, South Carolina on May 2, 1960, a son of Hamilton Ralls and Billie Jean Burns Jennings of Trion, Georgia, who survive. Surviving are daughter-Holly Jennings of Mt. Sterling, KY; sons-Jesse Dylan Jennings and Matthew Ralls Jennings both of Summerville; Parents; sister-Luci Jennings of Trion; brother-Russ Jennings of Rome. Memorial service will be Saturday, March 10th, at 5:30 P.M. from the J. D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Mr. Russ Jennings officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:30 P.M. until the service hour.* *In lieu of flowers the Family request contributions to any public library in Don’s memory.* *Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.