Gary Soto

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Gary Soto

Mini Bio about Gary Soto

- Born April 12, 1952 - Raised in Fresno, California- He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems

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My favorite books by Gary Soto

- Big Bushy Mustache - Chato and the Party Animals

Awards recieved

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. In 1999, he received 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 for Petty Crimes.

What inpired the author?

Have any of your stories been made into moves? Yes, I had a short story of mine called “The No Guitar Blues” made into a short film. A have a few nibbles of interest from film directors. But, alas, the phone remains dead. Hollywood is not callingWhat’s the favorite book you have written? Jesse, a novel set in the early 1970s and about two brothers. I also enjoyed writing my novel Poetry Lover.What do you like to do Read? It appears these days I don’t have much of a life because my nose is often stuck a book. But I discovered that reading builds a life inside the mind. I enjoy biographies and novels and reading in Spanish. Also, I like theater, tennis, basketball, traveling (especially London) and working in the garden…sometimes.What is your favorite novel written by someone else? It might be The Feud by Thomas Berger or it might be Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. My all time favorite—it’s a tough call—is Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

Memorable quotes by Gary Soto

“Because nothing should be wastedIn a world where sparrows work hard to prove there is enough.”“I drank that sentence and began to glow.”“It appears these days I don't have much of a life because my nose is often stuck in a book. But I discovered that reading builds a life inside the mind.”

“I was no good at math. But seriously, I felt that writing was my path when I wrote my first love poem, age 17, and it hooked this girl I liked in high school.”



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