Vala Thorodds is founding director of the literary press Partus, co-founding editor of the poetry journal Pain, and managing editor of Oxford Poetry.

Her poetry, translations, and non-fiction are published by The Guardian, Granta, BBC Radio 4, The White Review, PN Review, The Stinging Fly, and the anthologies New Poetries VII and The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, among others.
Vala is the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and the World Literature Today Translation Prize. She was an Iowa Arts Fellow in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa. Waitress in Fall, her selected translations of the poems of Kristín Ómarsdóttir, was chosen by The Sunday Times and The White Review as a poetry book of the year. Her English translation of Ómarsdóttir’s novel Swanfolk (published in 2022 by Harvill Secker in the UK and HarperVia in US) was longlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize.