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, 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 (Carcanet Press) and The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (Penguin Classics), among others.
Vala is the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and is 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 translation of Ómarsdóttir’s novel Swanfolk is forthcoming in English translation in the UK and US in 2022.