Gary Soto

April 12-1952- present


Who is Gary Soto?: He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which

has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in the interview series Poets in Person. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation

where born:Gary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California.

married:He has been married to his wife Carolyn for thirty-three years, and they have a daughter, Mariko, who works as a veterinarian

important life information:

1. I was twenty and a student at Fresno City College, when I discovered an array of contemporary American poets.

2. My favorite then was Edward Field. Soon I discovered W.S. Merwin, Charles Simic, James Wright and the master of them all, Pablo Neruda. Then I discovered the novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and I was hooked. I wanted to make writing my life.

3. His parents, like many other Mexican Americans, worked in San Joaquin Valley, the agricultural region surrounding Fresno. These jobs included picking crops such as oranges and cotton, or working in local businesses. Many of these jobs were very dangerous, and when Gary Soto was just five years old, his father Manuel was killed in an accident while working for the Sunmaid Raisin Company


1.A Summer Life

2.Accidental Love

3.Baseball in April

4.Big Bushy Mustache

5.Boys At Work

Some Books of Gary Soto