Gary Soto is a ‘multi-instrumentalist,’ lauded with praise for his prose and poetry and one of America’s most prolific authors. Poet, memoirist, Young Adult and children’s novelist, and biographer, Gary Soto has also published thirty-five books, including ten previous poetry collections for adults, notably New and Selected Poems (Chronicle, 1995), finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. Soto has been featured as NBC Television’s Person-of-the-Week, and among his dozens of accolades are the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award. Soto lives in Berkeley and Fresno, California.
Fresno City College is expected to open the Gary Soto Literary Museum in February 2011, the first ever such facility dedicated to a living writer according to the American Association of Museums. Soto attended the school and grew up in Fresno, and though he currently lives in the Bay Area, his ties to his home city and alma mater remain strong. For more information, go here