Gary Soto

April 12, 1952 - present


Who is Gary Soto? Gary Soto is a man who writes from experience. He grew up in one of the many barrios (poor Mexican American neighborhoods) of Fresno, California, and since the mid-1970s.

Where was he born? Gary Soto was born on April 12, 1952, the second child of Manuel and Angie Soto.

Married: He married Carolyn Oda, the daughter of Japanese American.

Children: Mariko Heidy Soto

Important Life information: In 1966, the National Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) was founded by two leaders in the Mexican American community who had been fighting for labor rights for years, Cesar Chávez (1927–1993) and Dolores Huerta (1930–). Their first combined effort involved organizing Chicano and Filipino workers in the California grape-picker strike of 1965–66.

In 1985 Soto had produced four books of poetry and been published in numerous

poetry magazines.

Some books of Gary Soto