Soto will speak to Central and Southwest students Thursday morning and again perform the scene.
At the Wednesday performance Soto will autograph books he sells.
Jessie De La Cruz, an early organizer of the United Farm Workers, will join in the local performances. De La Cruz was the subject of one of Soto's' books, "Jessie De La Cruz: A Profile of a United Farm Worker."
Central Union High School District students will showcase art work they have done in response to Soto's writing in the foyer of the Southwest theater Wednesday.
Soto, born and raised in Fresno and a resident of Berkeley, has written 10 poetry collections for adults, his most notable being "New and Selected Poems," a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Award and the National Book Award.
Soto has received various awards and prizes for his work, including an Andrew Carnegie Award for a film he produced.
His book "Living Up The Street" received a Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award.
His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, Ontario Review and most frequently Poetry.
He has sold more than 1.3 million books, and his children's books, including "Baseball in April," have been among his most warmly received.
Soto has received the Discovery-The Nation Prize, the California Library Association's John and Patricia Award (twice), a recognition of merit from the Claremont Graduate School and other prizes.
In 1999 he was honored with the Human and Civil Rights Award from the American Education Association.
Soto is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.
Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.