Gary Soto is the author
of many wonderful children, young adult and adult books. Gary Soto
writes about nature, personal dreams and Mexican-Americans. He grew
up in Fresno, California. When he was a young child he wanted to
be a priest, a hobo and a paleontologist. He had no idea that one
day he would be a great author. When he went to college he got a
degree in English. He went to California State University.
He was also a professor at the University of California.
Gary Soto has been writing since college. At the age of 25 he published a poetry collection
‘’The Elements of San Joaquin” which won the 1976 U.S Award of the International Poetry Forum. His poems have appeared in many magazines. In addition to being a great author, Gary Soto is a member of the Royal Chicano Navy and edits the Chicano chap book series. He also produced the film “The Pool Party”.
Here are a few interesting awards he has won for his books. He is one of the five honorees for the Hispanic Heritage Award of 1999. In 1995 Gary Soto was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. The book " Living Up The Street" won the American Book Award.