Headliner Event


The LitHop 2018 headlining writer will be announced shortly.

We think you’ll enjoy who we’ve picked–but we’ve already said too much.


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Last season, we were pleased to present:

An evening with

Gary Soto

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fresno City College OAB Auditorium | Start time 7:00 p.m.

Tours of the Gary Soto Museum, courtesy of the author, available before the show.


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Born: April 12, 1952


Gary Soto first began to write poetry in spring 1972 at Fresno City College.

In 1977, he published his first collection of poetry, The Elements of San Joaquin. Since then he has published forty-plus books for children, young adults and adults. He is the author of “Oranges,” the most anthologized poem in contemporary literature. His books have sold nearly four million copies nationwide and have been translated into French, Japanese, Italian, Korean, and Spanish. In and Out of Shadows, his musical about undocumented youth, played at sold out crowds in San Francisco.

Gary Soto lives in Berkeley, California.

“Because nothing should be wasted
In a world where sparrows work hard
To prove there is enough.”
Gary Soto, The Elements of San Joaquin


LitHop 2017 Gary Soto Photo Collage

Click the image above to read our exclusive interview with Gary Soto on our Facebook page.


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Poetry collections

  • Partly Cloudy: Poems of love and longing (Harcourt, 2009)
  • A Simple Plan (Chronicle Books, 2007)
  • One Kind of Faith (Chronicle Books, 2003)
  • Junior College (1997)
  • New and selected poems (Chronicle Books, 1995) National Book Award finalist
  • Canto Familiar/Familiar Song (1994)
  • Neighborhood Odes (1992)
  • Home Course in Religion (1991)
  • Who Will Know Us? (1990)
  • Black Hair (1985)
  • Where Sparrows Work Hard (1981)
  • The Tale of Sunlight (1978)
  • The Elements of San Joaquin (1977)
  • Waiting at the curb: Lynwood California (1967)

Young adult/children’s books

  • Baseball in April (1990)
  • A Fire in My Hands (1991)
  • Taking Sides (1991)
  • Pacific Crossing (1992), sequel to Taking Sides added by DaeQuan Jones
  • Too Many Tamales (1992)
  • The Skirt (1992)
  • The Pool Party (1993)
  • Local News (1993)
  • Jesse (1994)
  • 7th grade (1995)
  • Crazy Weekend (1994)
  • Boys at Work (1995)
  • Summer On Wheels (1995)
  • Canto Familiar (1995)
  • Buried Onions (1997)
  • The Cat’s Meow (1997)
  • Jessie De La Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker (2000)
  • Fearless Fernie (2002)
  • If the Shoe Fits (2002)
  • Marisol (2005)
  • When Dad Came Back (2011), ebook

Anthologies as editor

  • Entrance: Four Latino Poets (1976)
  • California Childhood (1988)
  • Pieces of Heart (1993)
  • Afterlife (1999)


  • Why I Don’t Write Children’s Literature (2015)
  • What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life (2013)
  • Living Up the Street (1985), American Book Award
  • Small Faces (1986)
  • Lesser Evils: Ten Quartets (1988)
  • A Summer Life (1990)
  • The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy (2001)
  • The Jacket (1983)


  • Novio Boy: A play (2006)


  • The Pool Party (producer, 1992) Andrew Carnegie Medal for Film Excellence (1993)
  • The No-Guitar Blues based on a story from Baseball in April

Please Join Us at Fresno City College’s Old Administration Building (OAB) Auditorium

1101 East University Avenue, Building 2 | Start time 7:00 PM

Fresno City College Old Administration Building
photo: David Wakely Photography (additional photos)

Click here for driving instructions to Fresno City College (FCC).

The OAB is located on the west side of campus near N. Maroa & Weldon Avenue, and the 650-seat auditorium is in Building 2. Parking is available at lots A and C. View the FCC campus map here. Parking will be relaxed for the weekend in all FCC parking lots.

There is no ticket required to attend the LitHop headlining event. This event is FREE and open to the public.

All seats are first-come, first-served only.

Event begins at 7:00 p.m. PST

The OAB Auditorium in Building 2 is wheelchair accessible on the ground floor. Companion seats may be available for guests accompanying attendees in wheelchairs. Please contact Lee Herrick for ASL translators requests.

The night didn’t end there.


HUGE thanks to Tioga Sequoia Craft Brewery & Shredworthy for generously sponsoring the official LitHop 2017 afterparty!

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Music provided by DJ Sahab.


Must be ages +21 and older, with ID, to purchase and/or consume any alcoholic beverage. LitHop responsibly.

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LitHop is a Fresno Poet Laureate initiative, and donations are welcome to help sustain poetry programs from the Fresno Arts Council, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support and foster the arts in Fresno. Discover how you can support the arts by visiting online at:


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