When I wrote up my favorite pieces for 2020 in our annual “Staff favorites” feature that will be published later this week, I included Molly Oleson’s illustrations. In thinking about them, I decided to run a collection as an illustrated essay to demonstrate how beautifully Molly has caught the visual essence of each story. I’ve added links to the stories that inspired them, but the illustrations also stand on their own and help any reader imagine the narrative that will follow. –Lydia Chávez
Molly is a multimedia journalist, editor, photographer and illustrator. She has contributed to dozens of publications, and most recently, served as Editor of the Pacific Sun. To view more of her work, visit mollyoleson.com.