On this Day Gary Soto was born in Fresno, California.
His family had a hard time finding work. His family moved all the time. He was not a good student at an early age.
Gary Soto graduated from California State University in 1974. He earned a degree in English studies.
Gary Soto finishes his graduate studies a the University of California. There he discovered that he wants to become a writer.
He meets and is inspired by the best Latin American writer the novelist Gabriel García Márquez.
He publishes his first book in the summer of 1977. The book is: The Elements of San Joaquin.
The Tale of Sunlight was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry
Gary Soto received the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medal for Film Excellence from the Association for Library Service to Children for his production work on the film The Pool Party.
Gary Soto received the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature for Petty Crimes.
The Old Administration Building at Fresno City College become the home of the Gary Soto Literary Museum.