The No-Guitar Blues

Bibliography

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 (1994)
  • 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

Chato

Beginning in 1995 with Chato's Kitchen (Chato y su cena),[9] Soto released a series of children's picture books in Spanish and English about a real, cool cat (gato), a low rider from the barrio of East Los Angeles. They were illustrated by Susan Guevara, and the second one Chato and the Party Animals (Chato y los amigos pachangueros.) (2000) won the Pura Belpre Medal for best illustration in 2002.[10] The series continued with Chato Goes Cruisin' (2004) [11] and Chato's Day of Dead (2006).

Anthologies as editor

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

Memoir

  • 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)

Plays

  • Novio Boy: A play (2006)

Film

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

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