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, Magma, Ambit, and Hotel and her translations in PN Review and Granta. Her poetry features 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 July 2018. Her nonfiction writing has appeared online on Dazed Digital and in print in Cereal, Iceland Review, and The Reykjavík Grapevine, among others.