La Bloga

Chicano Lit, our way

By Daniel Olivas
Published on LatinoLA: May 26, 2005

La Bloga

Well, it had to happen. I guess better now than later. I?ve gotten sucked into the blog-o-sphere. But it?s cool. No te preocupes. Because I was invited by three vatos to blog away on Chicano literature. The place: La Bloga which can be found at http://labloga.blogspot.com.

The house is unruly yet intellectual, proud yet self-deprecating, accepting yet?you get the idea. La Bloga is many things. And you the Chicano-literature-loving audience can participate by posting comments to the crazy cosas that we say. La Bloga is made up of the following (who wrote their own bios?you can get a sense of their personality):

1. RudyG, aka R.Ch.Garcia, exists only in his mind, where he writes spec lit that hardly gets read. In real life he works with 1st & 2nd grade Mexicanos who teach him to talk good and what kids like to read. Wife, 2 kids, a dog--a boozer with lots of stories, many of which are on paper.

2. Manuel Ramos is the author of six crime fiction novels that include The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz and Moony's Road to Hell. One of his short stories is in the recent anthology The Cocaine Chronicles, edited by LA writers Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon. Ramos resides in Denver and presently serves as the Acting Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services, the statewide legal aid program.

3. Michael Sedano has written up a few things for LatinoLA. Most recently, a review of the East LA Rep's House on Mango Street and a piece on job-hunting. "I'm the human resources director for a large North American company that employs chingos of Chicanas/Chicanos and other Latinos in warehousing and manufacturing in LA. Background includes graduation from Redlands High School in 1963, BA UC Santa Barbara (English, '67), Honorable Discharge US Army 1969-1970 (Korea). After the Army, worked in the LA area while finishing the MA (I was drafted out of grad school at UCSB). Got a TA-ship at USC where I took a Ph.D. in Communication, did a dissertaion on rhetoric of poetry in the Chicano movement. Taught for a few years, then joined private industry. Been with the same company over 20 years. Literacy and Oracy are my consuming interests. People need to be able to read, think, speak and listen. Chicana/Chicano literature occupies my reading interests, though I still read lots of poetry. I have a website, readraza.com, where I put up fotos, recipes, literary criticism, stories. When I retire--pretty soon, I think--I'm going to do something with readraza.com as a community resource and to lure young people into reading and speaking. For my writing, I'll start concentrating on writing fictive as opposed to critical pieces. I've been collecting family tales and stories for years and have a special place in my aesthetic heart for el picaro and satire, which m?s o menos are almost the same thing."

4. Daniel Olivas has written four books of fiction, three for adults and one for children. He writes book reviews for LatinoLA, Multicultural Review, Southwest BookViews, The Elegant Variation, and other publications. He was born and raised near downtown L.A. and currently lives in the San Fernando Valley. By day, he?s a lawyer with the California Department of Justice where he specializes in environmental enforcement and land use. He totally lucked out when his law school sweetheart, Sue, agreed to marry him. They?re the proud parents of an amazing teenager, Benjamin.

So, come on by and visit La Bloga. Rules will be broken. I just broke one with my first post when I branched out and wrote about a Nicaraguan-American poet. But we Chicanos love all Latinos?really!

About Daniel Olivas:
When you're not visiting La Bloga, visit Daniel online at www.danielolivas.com.

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