Gary Soto

b. 1952
Gary Soto

Gary Soto has been a leading figure in Chicano literature since the 1977 publication of his first book of poems, The Elements of San Joaquin. In this and subsequent works of poetry and prose he describes his working-class upbringing in Fresno, California and the travails, hopes, and dreams of migrant laborers and other Mexican Americans.

What People are Saying

"I was surprised that I was able to select poems that are so out of my usual spoken word preference. The Poetry Out Loud website has hundreds of poems that I have never seen before, and the fact that I found 3 and was able to make it so far with them is amazing to me. I guess I learned that stepping outside of the box is okay!"
Annabelle Emuze
2015 IL POL Champion