Erica Johnson Debeljak (b. 1961, San Francisco) moved to New York in 1981 where she obtained degrees from Columbia and New York University. In 1993, she moved to Slovenia to marry the poet Aleš Debeljak, and began a career as a translator, writer, and columnist. In 1999, her first book was published: a collection of essays entitled “Foreigner in the House of Natives”, followed by “Srečko Kosovel: The Poet and I” (2004), the collection of short stories “You Are So Mine” (2007), and the memoir “Forbidden Bread” (2009). She later published two novels: “Antifa Zone” (2012) and “The Bicycle Factory” (2015). In 2018, she co-edited and contributed the introductory essay to the book “Saj grem samo mimo: Razglednice Aleša Debeljaka” (“Just Passing Through: Postcards of Aleš Debeljak”), a unique tribute in postcards to her husband, who died in 2016. She continues to live and work in Ljubljana.