Delia Byrnes is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, titled Refining America: Energy, Infrastructure, and Environmental Art in the U.S. Gulf Coast examines petrocultures in contemporary fiction, photography, film, and visual culture. Her work has appeared in The Global South and the E3W Review of Books. Delia is the 2018-2020 Mentorship and Advocacy Chair of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature’s Emerging Scholars Organization, where she collaborates with her fellow Executive Council members to develop resources, platforms, and community-based projects for graduate students and junior scholars.
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