A poet, translator, visual artist, researcher at the University of Tartu, and the director of NicePlace Ltd. He is writing in Livonian and Latvian and has received Norwegian, Estonian, Finnish, and Latvian state decorations. He was awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Tartu. His graphic art has been displayed in solo-exhibitions and group shows. Valts actively promotes Livonian culture – he defended his PhD on the Livonian literary language and is involved in preservation of Livonian culture and language revitalisation efforts. He is the head of the newly founded University of Latvia Livonian institute and board member of Livonian Culture Centre dedicated to the safeguarding, study, and development of Livonian language and culture. His poems have been translated into English, Finnish, Estonian, Dutch, Macedonian, and Swedish.