Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi is a poet and writer. She previously worked as a Human Rights Lawyer. Her debut collection Small Hands (Pavilion Poetry, 2o15) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2015. Her second collection Dear Big Gods was published in April 2019. Her poems and interviews have been published in The Times, Guardian, Granta and The Times of India as well as on the London Underground. During 2021 Mona was poet in residence in a bird sanctuary in Cley Marshes, Norfolk. Her debut novel, Somebody Loves You, was published in 2021 by And Other Stories. It was longlisted for the 2022 Jhalak Prize and the 2022 Desmond Elliott Prize.


It is one of 12 books longlisted for the 2022 Jhalak Prize.

Photo courtesy of Karolina Heller

Books by Mona Arshi