Laura Furman

Laura Furman was born in New York, and educated in New York City public schools and at Bennington College. Her first story appeared in The New Yorker in 1976, and since then her work has been published in many magazines, including Yale Review, Southwest Review, Ploughshares, American Scholar, Preservation, House & Garden, and other magazines. Her books include three collections of short stories, two novels, and a memoir. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Dobie Paisano Project, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received grants in residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and in 2009 she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. She taught for many years in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Series editor of The PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories since 2002, Furman selects the twenty winning stories each year. She lives in Central Texas.
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Long Lost Diaries Inspire Laura Furman

Laura Furman tells of the long lost diaries of a stranger that inspired her debut collection of short stories, The Mother Who Stayed.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Wherever you go, there you are.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A bird

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Gilbert Osmond, the villain of Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. He was a liar and a snob, and was heartless.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My family

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is a balance of being absolutely in the moment, whatever it is, and accepting that the moment is passing.

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