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Jen Renninger

Jen Renninger is an editorial illustrator who works in collage and painting. Her illustrations have been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, and Chronicle Books.


Illustration by Jen Renninger

No End in Sight

March 2, 2020 | Reporting

What happens when immigrant-rights advocates reach a breaking point?

Illustration by Jen Renninger

Kodak Moments

Spring 2017 | Memoir

The summer I turned twenty-six, I stopped taking pictures. This wasn’t just out of character—this was abnegation of character, so foundational was my belief in a photographic clenched fist around the past. I have always been a writer, but I’ve never been a competent diarist; until that summer, I had measured out my life with photo sleeves.

Illustrations by Jen Renninger

Total Loss

Winter 2016 | Essays

Fire does not abide by reason. In its destructive trail, there are empty bank accounts, unreturned voice mails, FedExed checks, hours upon hours of smooth-jazz hold music, fine print written in inscrutable jargon, and the summary Laurie learned to say for expediency’s sake: “My house exploded in a catastrophic fire. Can you please help me?”