Arshi, Mona

Mona Arshi

Elected: 2022

Mona Arshi’s  debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Her second collection ‘Dear Big Gods’ was published in 2019 (both books published by  Liverpool University Press’s Pavilion Poetry list). Her writing has been published in The Times, The Guardian, Granta, The Yale Review  and The Times of India as well as on the London Underground. She was Writer in Residence at Cley Marshes in Norfolk. In 2020 she was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool. Her debut novel Somebody Loves You was  published by And Other Stories  in 2021. She has been appointed Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge (2022-4).


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