Daina Jurika-Owen, PhD is a former refugee resettlement professional and an academically trained folklorist. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Daina Jurika-Owen lives in Abilene, Texas and is a freelance writer and translator. Her previous book published in Latvia, Amerikas “salātu trauks” (Salad Bowl of America: Cultural Cookbook), introduces different cultural regions of the US through foodways. She is the author of several scholarly publications about folklore, culture, and proverbs.

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