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.
In addition to directing Partus, she is managing editor of the press Sine Wave Peak and co-editor of the poetry journal Pain. She 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, Tongue, Poetry Wales, Gutter, Magma, Ambit, and Hotel. Her poetry will feature in the anthology New Poetries VII (Carcanet Press 2018) and her translations from the Icelandic of the selected poems of Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Waitress in Fall, will be published by Carcanet in 2018. Her nonfiction writing has appeared online on Dazed and in print in Cereal, Iceland Review, and The Reykjavík Grapevine, among others.