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, Black liberation, and Afro-Cuban histories. He is 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 is published widely and has been highlighted in The Atlantic, W Magazine, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net.

He 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 2022 Tin House Scholar.

Selected Publications

[PANK] Books


The Offing (forthcoming)

“3 excerpts from PARTY POLITICS”

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”

Frontier Poetry

“Patti Labelle & Celia Cruz (Alma Awards, 1998)” (forthcoming)
“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”

The Journal****

“Beauty Examined”


“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.
****Published in print; can be read on Instagram here.