Everybody Has a Story, says U.S. Poet Laureate

“There’s something in you that you know should be told,” says U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, but “you have to stay at it forever because it doesn’t come easily.” Levine, at 83, sees an authentic story at the kernel of every true poem. A 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner, he was named poet laureate by the Library of Congress in August, and appeared at the New Salon in Queens, a partnership between the Queens College MFA Program for Creative Writing and Literary Translation and the Poetry Society of America.