Vala Thorodds (Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir) was born in Iceland and grew up in Reykjavík and upstate New York. She is founding director of the literary press Partus and co-founding editor of the poetry journal Pain.

Vala has been nominated to the PEN International New Voices Award (2014) and her poetry has appeared online and in print in magazines including The White Review, Magma, Tongue, Ambit, Poetry Wales, SAND, and Hotel, as well as in the anthology New Poetries VII (Carcanet Press, 2018). Her translations have appeared online in The Guardian and Granta, and in print in PN Review and The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (Penguin Classics, 2018). Her book of translations of the selected poems of Icelandic poet Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Waitress in Fall, was selected as one of the best poetry books of 2018 by The Sunday Times. Her non-fiction writing has appeared online on Dazed Digital and in print in Cereal and Iceland Review, among others.