Joe Lapin

30under30-LOGOJoe Lapin is an accomplished writer. Since graduating from Stetson he has gotten his Masters in Fine Arts degree from FIU’s prestigious creative writing program. While working towards his MFA, Joe even taught classes at the university. After FIU he traveled west and made a name for himself as a writer and journalist. His work has been published in the LA Times, LA Weekly, Slate, Salon and The Independent just to name a few. In his journalism he has written about everything from music to crime to investigative journalism, cultural essays and blue collar issues. Joe has published poetry, short stories and created a podcast entitled The Working Poet Radio Show. The show is designed to tell stories of the working lives of creative people. Today Joe is the Creative Director for Circa Interactive, a digital marketing agency for higher education, where he leads the creative side of their digital marketing strategies for their clients. He also is currently working on a novel, a psychological thriller based in a small New England town modeled after his hometown, with hopes of publishing it sometime next year.

Advice for students and young alumni:
“Be confident and have faith in yourself. Do not be afraid of not knowing how to get to your goal but trust and follow your passion. Don’t let the absence of direction stop you from going after what you want.”