Heather Pankl is a writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area. She also manages a tap dance studio and is available for transcription and transliteration of ethnographic interviews, letters, and diaries; as well as for genealogical research. Special interests include american folk, punk, and blues; nineteenth and early twentieth century letters and diaries; peoples and places of the southeastern United States, especially east Tennessee and the Virginia/Tennessee border, north Georgia and Alabama, western South Carolina, and east Texas. She is a collector of old photographs, amateur photographer of random objects and changing weather, trained linguist and mathematician, and folk singer in process (including an array of instruments-in-learning: guitar, harmonica, bones, fiddle). She is also pretty good at interpreting dreams.