Mona Arshi is a British poet and lawyer. Her debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. She has also won the Magma, Troubadour and Manchester creative writing prizes and in 2017 was on the judging panel for the Forward prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry Review, The Guardian, and Sunday Times and on the London Underground. She has been commissioned and appeared on radio and appeared at many literary festivals both here and abroad. Prior to her poetry career Mona worked as a litigator for a decade at the Human Rights organization Liberty.