Fascinated with science, I majored in chemistry and conducted research in analytical chemistry and biochemistry; supervised general, organic, and inorganic chemistry laboratory courses; and enlisted in the US Army as a chemical officer. With a desire to learn more about innovation, I studied intellectual property law. After serving in the military, I returned to school to study music, creative writing, and business. Though once trained to synthesize and analyze the elemental building blocks of life, I now experiment with elements to create literature and music that reflect the challenges and difficulties I have had to endure.
There was a time when reading, writing, and grammar were my archenemies. While in grade school, I repeated first grade, and was placed in speech therapy and remedial English classes in middle school and high school. Realizing my strength was anything other than reading or writing, I obtained a degree in chemistry. I believed chemistry was my calling. Yet things mixed differently than the way I imagined.
One day I met an old man, whom I neither knew nor saw again. He said: “I see your hand writing. You’re going to be a writer. I see music all over you.” However, none of this made any sense. After giving it thought, I decided to practice creative writing and a new realm opened. Little by little I began to grow. As time went by, there were moments I wanted to give up. Adversity was squeezing me on every side, crushing my hope. Yet pressing onward, each challenge helped me progress forward. Then, under unlikely and yet ideal conditions, a transformation yielded an endless journey to discover.
Additional Bio Stats
Name: Keith Yrisarri Stateson
Mama: Teresa Garcia Stateson
Papa: Joseph Y. Stateson Jr.
Pen Name: Enduring Writer
Artist Name: Sing Fighter
Date of Birth: March 31, 1976
Birth Location: Texas, USA
Weight: Super Weight
Height: 174 cm + microns
Eyes: Honey Brown
Service Branch: United States Army
Service Time: 3 years and 6 months
Entry Rank: Specialist
Final Rank: First Lieutenant
Wars: Enduring Freedom
(also served in the Texas Army National Guard for a brief time, 2019-2022)
Assisted in film and media projects, compiled unit status reports in support of combat operations, coordinated logistical movements, tracked battlefield operations, and funded over 70 projects to help develop communities and infrastructure.
Basic Combat Training
Infantry Officer Candidate School
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, two campaign stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
SharpShooter Marksmanship Badge
300+ Army Physical Fitness Test Badge
HAZMAT, Radiological, and Toxic Agent
B.Sc. Integrative Studies
University of North Texas, 2019
Music, Business, Storytelling
Texas A&M University, 2000