Kesey, Ken

Kesey, Ken (Elton)

(1935–  ) writer; born in La Junta, Colo. He attended the University of Oregon (B.A. 1957), and studied writing at Stanford (1958–59). He volunteered for drug experiments and was a psychiatric attendant for the Veterans Administration Hospital, Menlo Park, Calif. (1961). This experience was directly related to his best-known work, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962). Living and farming in Pleasant Hill, Ore., he was never able to repeat the success of that work, but he retained his image as an inspiration for many young mavericks.
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With: Ken Kesey, Ken Babbs, Neal Cassady, Gretchen Fetchan, Allen Ginsberg, Stark Naked, Stanley Tucci.
A Tribute to Ken Kesey - Readings from "Kesey's Jail Journal" by Ken Kesey, edited by David Stanford; and "Spit in the Ocean," edited by Ed McLanahan; guest readers include Gus Van Sant, Walt Curtis, Clyde Keller, Sharon Wood Wortman, Paul Pintarich, Michael Strelow, Zane Kesey, Chuck Kesey, Ken Babbs, George Walker, Mountain Girl, Sunshine Kesey, Pat Mackey, Phil Deitz and Mike Hagen, 5 p.