New Letters on the Air: Gary Soto

Continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we go back to our archives for this 2005 conversation with fiction writer and poet, Gary Soto. He talks about growing up as a poor Mexican-American kid in Fresno, California, and how he discovered the power of poetry as a young man.

Kansas City, MO – The author of more than 70 books, Soto talks about why he now focuses on writing books for children and young adults. He 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."

Listen here until October 21, 2009.

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