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Heather Augustyn has been a correspondent for The Times of Northwest Indiana, the state's second largest newspaper, since 2004. She is also contributing editor for Shore Magazine and columnist for Get Healthy Magazine. She has written for a variety of national publications, such as music reviewer for The Village Voice, writing on orchestral-pop musician Sufjan Stevens. She also was the last person to interview legendary novelist Kurt Vonnegut before his death in 2007, publishing articles on the interview in In These Times magazine, which Vonnegut edited, The Humanist Magazine, along with regional publications and magazines in Finland and Poland where her words were translated. She has written music reviews for Shore Magazine on indie music and jazz music, and wrote a preview of Elvis Costello's Taste of Chicago concert for Streetwise Newspaper.

Augustyn has lectured on the history of ska and reggae music for The Latin School of Chicago's Live and Learn program. She taught this subject as a music history class for two semesters at the school, utilizing many of the interviews with artists and photographs as a supplemental tool. She currently directs a regional Montessori school's writing and book program for elementary students. She worked as a communications professor at Robert Morris College in Chicago for two semesters and is a guest lecturer on interviewing and writing at Indiana University and for philanthropic organizations. She has contributed essays in the books Hungry? Chicago, and Hungry? Chicago Family, both published by Los Angeles's Glove Box Guides in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

 

Additionally, the author is skilled in public speaking and was awarded the honor of All-American from the National Forensic League in 1990, ranking 14th of 85,000 nationally for competitive speaking. She has written speeches for notable celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

The author is also a professional photographer. Her work has sold in art galleries in Chicago and has appeared in numerous magazines, including ones in Asia as well as the U.S.

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