Austyn Gaffney is a freelance writer from Canada now based in Louisville, Kentucky. She reports on the energy industry, climate change, and culture, largely in the American South. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Washington Post, among many more, and her essays can be found in Ecotone, The Kenyon Review, and Oxford American, among others. She’s received support from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Institute of Journalism and Natural Resources, and the Logan Nonfiction Program. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Kentucky.