Gary Soto

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United States, Poet
April 12, 1952

Gary Anthony Soto is an American poet, novelist, and memoirist. Soto was born to Mexican-American parents Manuel and Angie Soto . In his youth, he worked in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley. Soto's father died in 1957, when he was five years old. As his family had to struggle to find work, he had little time or encouragement in his studies, hence, he was not a good student. Soto notes that in spite of his early academic record, while at high school he found an interest in poetry through writers such as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Jules Verne, Robert Frost and Thornton Wilder.

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