Jen Sorensen

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Jen Sorensen
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Jen Sorensen at National Archives and Records Administration McGowan Forum on Communications, 2015.
Born (1974-09-28) September 28, 1974 (age 43)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
weekly strip under her own name
Awards 2017 Pulitzer Finalist
2014 Herblock Prize
2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

Jen Sorensen (born September 28, 1974, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is an American cartoonist and illustrator who authors a weekly comic strip that often focuses on current events from a liberal perspective. Her work appears on the websites Daily Kos, Splinter, The Nib, Politico, AlterNet, and Truthout; and has appeared in Ms. Magazine, The Progressive, and The Nation. It also appears in over 20 alternative newsweeklies throughout America.[1] In 2014 she became the first woman to win the Herblock Prize,[2] and in 2017 she was named a Pulitzer Finalist in Editorial Cartooning.[3]


Raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sorensen enrolled in the University of Virginia, where she drew a daily comic strip, Li'l Gus, for its student newspaper, University Journal, from 1994 to 1995, as well as contributing to the satirical magazine The Yellow Journal.

Sorensen soon became published in various comic anthologies, including Action Girl and the Big Book of the 70's. She published her own book, Slowpoke Comix #1, in 1998. In 1999, one year after the book was published, Slowpoke became a weekly comic strip. As of 2012 the strip goes simply by her own name, though a few alternative weekly papers continue to use the Slowpoke name.

Sorensen has published three volumes of cartoons: Slowpoke: Café Pompous from 2001, Slowpoke: America Gone Bonkers from 2004 and her latest book, Slowpoke: One Nation Oh My God! published in 2008. Besides her weekly political cartoon, she has produced illustrations for such periodicals as Nickelodeon Magazine, The American Prospect, The Dallas Observer, Women's Review of Books, and MAD Magazine.

She has written and illustrated a number of long-form comics, most notably a piece on health care reform commissioned by Kaiser Health News, and a synopsis of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for NPR.

She currently serves as comics editor for Splinter (formerly Fusion).[4]

She has been interviewed by Yahoo/ABC News (video), the Washington Post[5] as well as the University of Virginia Magazine;[6] the latter web article has a video of Sorensen working.


  • 2000: Xeric Award
  • 2005: Alternative Newsweekly Award, Cartoon (Five or fewer papers), 1st Place
  • 2009: The Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning With a Conscience, Hunter College
  • 2012: Alternative Newsweekly Award, Cartoon, 1st Place
  • 2012: Herblock Prize Finalist
  • 2013: Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
  • 2013: National Cartoonist Society Award for Best Editorial Cartoons
  • 2014: Herblock Prize
  • 2017: Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Editorial Cartooning


Sorensen has written the following books, published by Alternative Comics, which are generally compilations of the weekly comic strip, although the first book contained entirely new material.


  1. ^ "Jen Sorensen Biography - Jen Sorensen". Jen Sorensen. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jen Sorensen, The Austin Chronicle". Herblock Foundation. n.d. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jen Sorensen, freelance cartoonist - The Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Jen Sorensen". Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Style & Arts: Studio - May 3, 2009 (". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Portrait of a Confessed Slowpoke". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 

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