La Bloga, a literary blog showcasing Chicana/o and Latina/o literary expressions, was founded in 2004 by Rudy García, Manuel Ramos and Michael Sedano. Eight years later, it continues as a beacon for Latino literature and culture–but now with ten bloquistas! Latinopia asked Michael Sedano, co-founder and the driving force behind the blogsite, how La Bloga came about.


  1. Ron Hutchison says

    You do not have to be Latino to appreciate Latino culture, or to write about Latino characters. My middle-grade novel A Boy Called Duct Tape tells the story of three Latino kids in search of the "lost treasure" of Jesse James. I knew I'd never find a traditional publisher…so I self-published under the pen name Christopher Cloud. (Never take no for an answer.) The book will be out in March. Here are a few reviews:

    “A Boy Called Duct Tape is a beautifully written story. Christopher Cloud has created characters who bring the story to life. I loved the three children, Pablo, Pia and Kiki, with their witty dialogue which made me laugh out loud. Pablo is spunky and brave, and even though his peers tease him because of his duct-taped shoes, he refuses to let the taunting ruin his day.”
    J.K. Maze, author

    ‎“A Boy Called Duct Tape will keep adventure-story fans on the edge of their seats. There’s enough action, mystery and suspense to satisfy the most demanding middle-grade reader. Every child has fantasized about discovering a lost treasure, and this story addresses that daydream. Christopher Cloud’s simple and kid-friendly language makes this book perfect for reluctant readers. A real winner!”

    Midwest Book Review

    “I absolutely loved A Boy Called Duct Tape. I’m 12 and I read about 50 books a year. This was the best realistic fiction book I’ve ever read!”

    Alex Mina
    Maumelle, Arkansas

    “In this, his debut middle-grade novel, Christopher Cloud has cleverly set the stage for an old-fashioned, hair-raising treasure hunt with A Boy Called Duct Tape. After buying a $1 map at the county fair, Pablo, his sister, Pia, and their cousin, Kiki, set off in search of the celebrated “lost treasure” of Jesse James. Along the way they team up with an ill-mannered cave explorer, a man who might turn on them at any moment. A Boy Called Duct Tape has the proper mix of tension and the story never loses its pace. The characters are loveably original, and the unpredictable ending will have middle-grade readers squirming in their chairs.”

    Rebecca Camarena, Freelance Writer


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