Donna Solecka Urbikas
Donna Urbikas was born in Coventry, England as Danuta Anna Solecka and immigrated to the USA in 1952 with her parents and older half-sister, Mira. She earned degrees in Biology from the University of Illinois and in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as a Certificate in Creative Nonfiction Writing from the University of Chicago.
In 1985 she began writing her book, My Sister’s Mother: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Stalin’s Siberia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016) when she became a mother. Her book was an award finalist with the Chicago Writers Association, the Midwest Independent Publishing Association, the Society of Midland Authors, and a winner of Foreword INDIES book awards.
She had careers as a high school biology teacher and environmental engineer and is now a State of Illinois licensed real estate broker. She is the mother of three adult children and volunteers with several organizations. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and one very adorable fat cat.