Joseph Pagan is the seventh of twelve surviving children. He was born in San Diego and graduated from El Cajon Valley High School in 1973. In 1974, he moved to St. Louis and studied business and art history. In 1977, he moved to Hollywood, California, and studied songwriting and film writing. In 1980, he moved back to San Diego and studied business and writing theory. In 1993, he received an AA general degree from Grossmont College. He studied filmmaking, film writing, art and art history at San Diego State University for three additional years. In 2012, he published his first book, The Treasury of American Folk Poetry and also Joe’s Love Songs an album of his original songs featuring B.M.P.