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Las Chavas: Poetry & Film from Honduras with Richard Blanco, Brad Coley, & Cheryl Chapman

January 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm


Join Richard Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States; Brad Coley, director of the forthcoming documentary Las Chavas, and Cheryl Chapman, executive director of Our Little Roses, the only all-girl orphanage in Honduras, for an evening of poetry and film at the Poetry Foundation.

This event is held in conjunction with the publication of 12 love poems written by the residents of Our Little Roses, edited by Blanco and poet Spencer Reece, which will appear in the January 2015 issue of Poetry magazine.

The program features a reading and a screening of an excerpt from the documentary about the lives and work of Our Little Roses. More information at

Las Chavas Documentary

Rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, murder capital of the world, orphaned girls find their voices in poetry as they heal traumas of their past and prepare to transition into an uncertain future.

Founded twenty-five years ago in San Pedro Sula, a Central American city infamous for its poverty and violence, Our Little Roses is the only girls’ orphanage in Honduras. Seventy girls, ages 1-18, have found refuge there from broken and destitute homes, murderous streets, and the neighboring Bordo, the worst slum in the Americas. Inside twenty foot high concrete walls topped with barb wire, they receive medical attention, food, shelter, and the nurturing care of a vibrant and entirely female collective of other “Desechables”. (a slang word for orphans- also used for ‘disposable containers’).


January 8, 2015
7:00 pm
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Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior
Chicago , IL United States
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