Heather Augustyn is a journalist and writing teacher living in Chesterton, Ind., one hour outside of Chicago. She author of Ska: An Oral History, McFarland, 2010, with a foreword by Cedella Marley which was nominated for the ARSC Award for Excellence, Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist, McFarland, 2013, with a foreword by Delfeayo Marsalis, and Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation, Scarecrow Press, 2013.
Feature articles on Augustyn’s work have appeared in the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer, and The Onion’s A/V Club among dozens of others. She has been co-host of Radio M on WBEZ-FM, Chicago’s NPR station with Tony Sarabia, spoke on NPR’s Sound Opinions, and was interviewed for radio shows in Indiana and Minneapolis. She is a great fan of ska, rocksteady, and reggae music and has been invited to lecture at the International Reggae Conference in Kingston, Jamaica where she spoke on women in ska and music of Jamaican independence. She is currently serving as an assistant director for a documentary, Man in the Street, based on the life of Don Drummond from Gusto Films in Melbourne.
Augustyn has been a correspondent for The Times of Northwest Indiana, the state’s second largest newspaper, since December 2004. She is contributing editor for Shore Magazine and is managing editor of the quarterly Duneland Today Magazine. Her work has appeared in such national publications as The Village Voice, The Humanist Magazine, World Watch Magazine, E! The Environmental Magazine, and she was the last journalist to interview the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut. The story appeared in In These Times Magazine and was published in the book Kurt Vonnegut: The Last Interview and Other Conversations, Melville House, 2011.
Augustyn is also a professional photographer and her work has appeared in numerous magazines and books. She received her M.A. in writing from DePaul University and a B.A in English and philosophy from Bradley University. She currently directs a Montessori school’s writing program in Northwest Indiana where she and her husband Ron have two boys, Sid and Frank.