Kyle Carrero Lopez

Kyle Carrero Lopez


Kyle Carrero Lopez was born to Cuban parents in northern New Jersey and is the author of MUSCLE MEMORY, the chapbook winner of the 2020 [PANK] Books Contest (sample poems here). Among other subjects, his work centers power, social life, and Afro-Cuban histories. He’s represented by—but not related to—Ashley Lopez of Waxman Literary.

He co-founded LEGACY, a Brooklyn-based production collective by and for Black queer artists. His writing has been highlighted in Best New Poets, Best of the Net, W Magazine, and The Atlantic.

Kyle is the recipient of fellowships from the CubaOne Foundation and NYU, where he was a Goldwater Writing Workshop Fellow, a Provost’s Global Research Initiative Fellow at NYU Berlin, and earned his M.F.A. in Poetry. He is a Cave Canem workshop alum and a 2022 Tin House Scholar.

Selected Publications

[PANK] Books


Protean (forthcoming)

“The Red Telephone”
“Memorial to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (Vedado, Havana)”

The Offing (forthcoming)


Jewish Currents

“Gay Travel (or Music Makes the People Come Together)”

PANK Magazine



“Embargo” — Finalist in Black Warrior Review’s 2021 Poetry Contest


“Untitled (Havana, 2000)”


“Diptych (Headline Heads)”
“Prayer for Yemayá”

The Atlantic

“Black Erasure”


“Note to Distant Friends”
“Ode to the Crop Top”
— featured in an episode of Poetry Unbound with Pádraig Ó Tuama

Frontier Poetry

“Patti Labelle & Celia Cruz (Alma Awards, 1998)”
“RuPaul is Fracking”

Cincinnati Review**

“Rescuing Abuelo (1967)”
“From an Agnostic” — Nominated and chosen for publication in Best of the Net 2020; Nominated for Best New Poets 2020

The Nation

“After Abolition” — Chosen for publication in Best New Poets 2021


“Modern Fiction”

The BreakBeat Poets Vol IV: LatiNext (Haymarket Books, 2020)***

“”You’re Not Even Black,” a White Man Tells Me Outside the Club”


“Uh Oh, Look Who Got Wet”
“National Times”

*”Note to Distant Friends” was recorded for The Poetry Project’s HOUSE PARTY series here and written about in Bending Genres here.
**”Rescuing Abuelo (1967)” was published in print and can be read on Instagram here.
***Published in print; can be read on Instagram here.