FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 12, 2010
MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
Contact: Jim Mastin, Director of Auxiliary Services
File: NR-Poet and Author Gary Soto at Mendocino College
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Poet and Author Gary Soto at Mendocino College
Fans of poetry and fiction should mark their calendars for Thursday, March 25th, when poet and author Gary Soto will read at Mendocino College’s Little Theater at 7:00 PM. Soto has written over fifty books and continues to be prolific. He will be reading some new material from the upcoming collection Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing as well as a variety of other material. The event is free and it is sponsored by the Friends of the Mendocino College Library, an affiliate group of the Mendocino College Foundation.
Gary Soto, born and raised in Fresno, California, is the author of eleven 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. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review, and most frequently Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize, the Levinson Award and by featuring him in their Poets in Person Series. He has received the Discovery-The Nation Prize, the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Award, a Recognition of Merit from the Claremont Graduate School (for Baseball in April), and the Silver Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California, in addition to fellowships from the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. For ITVS, he produced the film “The Pool Party,” which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal. In 1995, for his work with young people, he was selected NBC Person of the Week. In 1999 he was honored with the Human and Civil Right Award from the American Education Association, the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and the PEN Center West Book Award for his young-adult short story collection Petty Crimes. For the Los Angeles Opera, he wrote the libretto to the opera “Nerdlandia.” In all, his books have sold nearly four million copies world-wide.
Soto was keynote speaker at the Mendocino College LitFest in 2007, and his March 25th reading will act as a launching point for this year’s LitFest that will take place on Saturday, April 24th. The reading will be on the Ukiah campus, located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road. For more information, contact (707) 468-3051 or visit www.mendocino.edu.
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Created: March 12, 2010 @ 02:51 PM
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