Fiction writer and editor Laura Furman read 'Plum Creek,' a story from her latest collection, The Mother Who Stayed: Stories (2011), on April 21, 2011 as part of the Creative Writing Program's spring reading series.

Furman is renowned as editor of the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories collection and as founder of the magazine American Short Fiction.

For her own exceptional penmanship, Furman has received such honors as a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, and the Jesse Jones Award of the Texas Institute of Letters. Currently a professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, her books include three collections of short stories, two novels, and a memoir.