Laura Furman

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Laura Furman
BornLaura J. Furman
1945 (age 72–73)
New York City, U.S.
Alma materBennington College
SpouseJoel Warren Barna

Laura J. Furman (born 1945) is an American author best known for her role as series editor for the [O. Henry Prize Stories]. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Mirabella, Ploughshares,[1] Southwest Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere'.

Furman was born in New York City and attended Hunter College High School and Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont. In 1978, she moved to Houston, Texas. After living in Houston, Galveston, Dallas, and Lockhart she settled in Austin with her husband, Joel Warren Barna, and their son.

She has written four collections of stories The Glass House, Watch Time Fly, Drinking with the Cook, The Mother Who Stayed, two novels The Shadow Line and Tuxedo Park, and a memoir Ordinary Paradise.

She taught for twenty-eight years at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was Susan Taylor McDaniel Regents Professor of Creative Writing. While at UT, she founded the literary magazine American Short Fiction, which was twice a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

Furman’s most recent book of fiction, The Mother Who Stayed: Stories, was published in February 2011


  • New York State Council on the Arts Fellowship
  • 1982 Guggenheim Fellowship [2]
  • Dobie-Paisano Fellowship.
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award
  • 2013 Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Drinking with the Cook (story collection)
  • Ordinary Paradise (memoir)
  • Bookworms: Great Writers and Readers Celebrate Reading (edited with Elinore Standard)
  • Tuxedo Park (novel)
  • Watch Time Fly (story collection)
  • The Shadow Line (novel)
  • The Glass House (story collection and novella)
  • The Mother Who Stayed: Stories (story collection and novella)

Short stories[edit]


  • Series Editor, The O.Henry Prize Stories, 2003—
  • Co-editor, with Elinore Standard, Bookworms: Great Writers and Readers Celebrate Reading, 1997


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2010-01-11.

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