Cantab Feature for Wednesday, January 15, 2020: Kyle Lopez

Breakbeat New Jersey poet Kyle Lopez. Photo by Hao Nguyen.

Breakbeat New Jersey poet Kyle Lopez. Photo by Hao Nguyen.

Kyle Carrero Lopez is a Black Cuban-American poet. Originally from North Jersey, he is an MFA candidate in poetry at NYU and reads poetry submissions for Homology Lit. His poems are published or forthcoming in Poetry, The Florida Review, The Cincinnati Review, & elsewhere, as well as in the anthologies Grabbed (Beacon Press, 2020) & The Breakbeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Books, 2020). You can follow him on Twitter.

Kyle will lead an early-bird writing workshop before the show. Click here for more details.

An open poetry slam is scheduled for the late-night portion of this show, following the feature. The slam will be speed slam format: eight open sign-ups will be available starting at door time, and poets will slam head-to-head in up to three rounds with time limits of 3, 2, and 1 minute. Winner and runner-up qualify for the 2020 Team Selection series. To volunteer to judge in exchange for free admission to the show, or to ask questions about the slam, email the slam curator at

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00, with the poetry slam to follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.