Gary Soto's Life By kmontesinos12 Apr 12, 1952 Gary Soto is born Born in Fresno, California. 1957 Death of Soto's Father The death of Soto's father influenced the family/father figures that were portrayed in his books, from losing his father at a young age. 1970 Graduated Roosevelt High School Graduates high school with a 1.6 GPA and no academic motivation. 1974 Graduates Fresno State College Fresno State is also known as California State Univerity-Fresno, he transferred from Fresno City College. Graduates college with a degree in English. 1976 Graduates University of California Irvine Soto earns his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) Dec 21, 1977 First Book is Published Soto's book "The Elements of San Joaquin" gets published. 1978 Nominated for Pulitzer Prize Soto's "The Tale of Sunlight" was nominated for this award. 1993 Receives Andrew Carnegie Medal for Film Excellence Receives an award for his production "Pool Party." 1996 Received Tomás Rivera Book Award Receives award for "Chato's Kitchen." Sep 6, 1999 Receives Hispanic Heritage Award Receives award for "Petty Crimes." 2004 Receives Top Outstanding Alumnus Award Receives award from Fresno State College. 2011 Gary Soto Museum Opens Gary Soto Museum opens at Fresno City College, but as of right now is closed.