Brian Henry's 2010 BOA translation of Slovenian poet Ales Steger, The Book of Things, won the 2011 Best Translated Book Award (BTBA) from Three Percent. In 2014, the BTBA won the International Literary Translation Initiative Award at the inaugural International Book Industry Excellence Awards.Debeljak is an extremely prolific writer. Since the mid-1980s, he has taken an active part in civil society movements. He has been one of the co-editors of the critical alternative journal Nova revija. He has also participated in the social liberal think tank Forum 21, led by the former President of Slovenia Milan Kucan.Debeljak's first collection of poetry was very well received by the poet Tomaž Šalamun, who declared Debeljak as the best poet of the young generation of Slovene authors.Debeljak's poetry is noted for its melancholy and a new reaffirmation of traditional values such as family and God. An opponent to the everything-goes schools of modern thought, such as Post-Modernism, Debeljak's work is informed by an "Enlightenment" ideal of right and wrong, good and bad.Having graduated from the University of Ljubljana in 1985, Debeljak continued his studies in the United States, obtaining a PhD in sociology of culture at Syracuse University in 1989.