Gary SotoPoetry, Fiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20091002, 20060802, 20050928
Gary Soto talks about his early beginnings as a poet, and as a poor Mexican-American kid growing up in Fresno, California. Soto has written more than 70 books, however he has stopped writing adult poetry to focus exclusively on writing books for children and young adults. In this interview, Soto reads from his poetry collection One Kind of Faith, and his book of essays, The Effects of Knut Hamson on a Fresno Boy, his novel Amnesia in a Republican County, and his latest collection of short stories, Help Wanted.
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