René Sing-Brooks, born on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast in 1961, is a writer, photographer, and digital filmmaker living in Jackson Heights, New York. He arrived to the United States in 1992, invited by the State University of New York to be part of its one-year Oral History Program in the City of Buffalo.
From 1993 to 1995, Sing-Brooks worked for the Coalition for Economic Survival, a prestigious tenants rights organization based in Los Angeles, CA. Soon after his arrival to New York City in 2002, he became part of the Queens-based The Fortune Society —a human development and advocacy organization for people who have been incarcerated— joining its Education Program team and taking charge of Fortune’s computer literacy initiative. Seven years into what would become a fourteen-year tenure, Sing-Brooks developed a Multimedia Workshop that received funding from the New York City Department of Education and the West Harlem Development Corporation.
Rene Sing-Brooks has written for OpenStax at Rice University in Texas, for AM NEW YORK, and for the Pulitzer Center. He is a recipient of a 2020 Pulitzer Center fellowship and a graduate of New York’s LaGuardia Community College Photography Program.