Austyn Gaffney is a freelance writer and editor in Lexington, Kentucky. Her work is published or forthcoming in Brevity, Prairie Schooner, The Offing, onEarth, RANGE, Misadventures, Scalawag, and more. Her writing has been supported by the Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, the Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, and a residency from Brush Creek Arts. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Kentucky, and she is currently working on her first book about a lighthouse and a smelter in northern Ontario.