Keith Mason’s years of storytelling began with music and cultural observation in Philadelphia newspapers, interviewing dozens of top artists from Jerry Garcia and Phil Collins to George Carlin and Monty Python. In 1978 the writer began a nearly forty-year career in public relations, nonprofit development and the performing arts, including stints at Drexel University and the Kimmel Center (home of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and for elderly and disability services.

Some of his most satisfying work came at a major addiction recovery center as the opioid crisis unfolded in the early 2000s, with stories that educated the public, provided hope and saved lives. He also created and taught a senior writing course at Temple University.

Keith was a producer for one of Philadelphia’s most cutting-edge theaters, and worked in radio for years, covering all forms of music and information. He also does commercial, corporate and education voiceovers.

After years of telling the stories of others, with “Please Stand Up” he has a tale of his own, one he never expected to experience, much less write.

The author has two grown children and resides with his partner, a businesswoman and former dancer and actress, in southern New Jersey, where he pursues gardening, travel photography and music.

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