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Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer whose inspirations include Diego Rivera and Goya’s The Disasters of War. She is the author of Brothers of the Gun, an illustrated collaboration with Syrian war journalist Marwan Hisham, which was a NY Times Notable Book and long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, received global praise and attention. Her animated short film “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” has been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of Outstanding News Analysis: Editorial and Opinion.

Crabapple’s reportage has been published in the New York Times, New York Review of BooksThe Paris ReviewVanity FairThe Guardian, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. She is a fellow at the New America Foundation, and has previously been the 2019 artist-in-residence at NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Brooklyn Library’s 2018 Katowitz Radin Artist-in-residence, and a Yale Poynter Fellow. She is currently a New America 2020 Fellow and a 2020 Bard Fellow at the Brooklyn Public Library.

She got her start as a journalist sketching the frontlines of Occupy Wall Street, before covering, with words and art, Lebanese snipers, labor struggles in Abu Dhabi, Guantanamo Bay, the US border, America prisoners, Greek refugee camps, and the ravages of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She once confronted Donald Trump in Dubai about exploitation of the workers building his golf courses. As an award-winning animator, she has pioneered a new genre of live-illustrated explainer journalism, collaborating with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Jay Z, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and The ACLU.  Her animations are on permanent display at The Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. 

She has spoken to audiences around the world, from Jakarta to Beirut, Sao Paolo to Ramallah, Mumbai to Paris, at universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and The London School of Economics, and at museums including The Brooklyn Museum and The Guggenheim.   Her art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the United States Library of Congress, and the New York Historical Society.


For book and literary inquiries, contact Alice Whitwham: [email protected]

For speaking engagements, contact Charles Yao at the Lavin Agency: [email protected]

You can contact Molly at molly (at) mollycrabapple (dot) com