Gary Soto, born and raised in Fresno, California, is the author of thirteen poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Award and the National Book Award. He has received the Discovery/The Nation Prize and the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Award (twice), in addition to fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (twice), and the Guggenheim Foundation. For ITVS, he produced the film The Pool Party, which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal. In 2013, he saw his musical In and Out of Shadows play to sell-out crowds. In all, his books have sold over four million copies. The Gary Soto Literary Museum is located at Fresno City College, where he got his start as a poet in the early 1970s.