"The Lost Soles of Rochester" Gives Voice To Factory Workers

Oct 26, 2011

Fifty years ago the city of Rochester was home to giant shoe factories. Hundreds of workers made a living working with leather and handling huge machines.

Rochester’s shoe factory era may be gone, but the city’s poet laureate wants to make sure it’s not forgotten.

For the past year Andrew Periale has been interviewing people who worked at the factories and he’s turning their words into poems that reflect what he calls “the language of work.” His group of eight actors will perform the poems in a reader's theater at the Rochester Public Library. He previews the performance with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.