Pulitzer Finalist Zoe Si Profiled

Zoe Si, a New Yorker cartoonist, was a finalist for this year’s Pulitzer Prize.

A Vancouver woman is still reeling after being named a finalist for one of the most prestigious awards in publishing.

Zoe Si’s work has been seen by millions, splashed on the pages of The New Yorker and this week she learned she was up for a Pulitzer Prize for several of her drawings.

It’s recognition that Si calls “very, very surreal” after making a big career change during the height of the pandemic.

The 31-year-old graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2013 and was a practicing lawyer up until about two years ago.

That’s when she decided to trade the courtrooms for cartooning, as a way of documenting her life.

“I started cartooning to solve problems for myself because life was difficult and drawing cartoons about something…you make yourself laugh,” Si told CTV News Vancouver.

CTV News Vancouver interviews Zoe Si.