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Gary Soto was born in Fresno California on April 12 1952 Although his grandparents were born in Mexico his parents were California natives Garys parents spoke primarily English but he learned to speak Spanish from his relatives Gary Sotos father Manuel Soto was severely injured in an industrial accident and died two days later when Gary was only five His fathers death forced the family into poverty Garys mother Angie Soto was forced to work long hard hours to support her children Garys older brother Rick and younger sister Debra often had to stay home alone because they couldnt afford day care Trying not to get their mom in trouble the kids never told anyone When Gary entered grade school his mom remarried Soon after his half brother Jimmy was born As a teen Gary fought with his stepfather During his junior year at Roosevelt High School the conflict became too much for Gary and he ran away He ended up near Los Angles in Glendale California where he eventually found a job at a tire factory This job was so horrible Gary went back home to Fresno to finish high school We were pretty much an illiterate family said Gary We didnt have books and no one encouraged us to read Despite this Gary enrolled in Fresno College to escape fighting in the Vietnam War While in the college library a book of modern poems by American authors caught his eye He found his own feelings of strangeness and confusion in the poems It was then he realized I want to do this thing Soto began writing and studying literature Then he transferred to California State University at Fresno Here one of his professors Philip Levine a well-known poet himself encouraged the young writer He graduated with honors in 1974 Gary married his college sweetheart Carolyn Oda in 1975 The following year Soto received his masters degree in fine arts from the California University
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