Yolande Brener

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Adjunct Lecturer

EMAIL: ybrener@bmcc.cuny.edu


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Yolande Brener has been teaching in CUNY colleges for three years, and in the English Department at BMCC for two. After 25 years of experience working as a broadcast television technician for shows including PBS Newshour, the Martha Stewart Show and MTV’s Total Request Live, she completed her MFA in Creative Writing at CCNY. Prior to this, she earned a BA in Fine Art and Film Making at East London University and went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Film and Video Making at Central St. Martin’s School of Art.

In 2019, she contributed to City College English Department’s OER Guide, presented at an OER workshop for faculty, and presented at the CUNY IT Conference. She is also an award winning author whose work has been discussed on Al Jazeera’s Newshour and Notebook Magazine. She is currently exploring ways to incorporate interactive and student-centered learning into digital platforms using open educational resources.


  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Life Stories
  • Contemporary Fiction and Poetry
  • Prosody
  • Digital Humanities
  • WordPress
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Student-Based Learning


  • MFA Creative Writing from CCNY 2016
  • Advanced Certificate in Film/Video Making from Central St. Martins 1987
  • BA in Fine Art/Film Making from East London University 1985

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Interactive learning
  • Online learning
  • Evolution of English language
  • Contemporary Life Stories


  • CCNY English Department OER Guide (co-author with Julia Brown, Janelle Poe) 2019
  • Violet Capers, Fiction Magazine 2018
  • From Harlem to Windsor, Harlem World 2018

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Official Selection, Frostbite Film Festival and Micromania Film Festival, Special Mention UK Seasonal Short Film Festival 2020
  • Writer’s Digest, First Place, Life Stories E-book 2014
  • NYC Parks Department, First Place, Poems in the Park 2010

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