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.

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). As a translator she is the recipient of a 2021 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and 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 by both The Sunday Times and The White Review as one of the best poetry books of 2018. Her non-fiction writing has appeared on BBC Radio 4, Dazed Digital and in Cereal and Iceland Review, among others.