Gary Soto


Birthday April 12, 1952

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace Fresno, CA

Age 72 years old

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Mexican-American poet and novelist best known for The Tale of Sunlight, his 1978 Pulitzer Prize-nominated poetry collection. He is also famous for Living Up the Street, a 1985 American Book Award-winning memoir, as well as several works of fiction for children. 

Before Fame

He attended the University of California-Irvine and California State University-Fresno.


He wrote Baseball in April and other award-winning books for children and young adults.

Family Life

He was born in Fresno, California to a Mexican- American family. He married Carolyn Oda in 1975 and he has a daughter named Mariko.

Associated With

He was inspired by the literary work of John Steinbeck.