About Author Debra Hughes

A native of New Mexico, Debra Hughes’ writing touches on the region’s land and people, for which she received an International Regional Magazine Award. Image Journal recently published a novel excerpt from her novel-in-progress, and other short fiction has appeared in Tierra: Short Fiction of New Mexico, Walking the Twilight: Women Writers of the Southwest, New Letters, Blue Mesa, and New Mexico Humanities Review. Author ofAlbuquerque in Our Time (Museum of New Mexico Press), her nonfiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook, New Mexico Magazine, El Palacio Magazine, USA Today, Dallas-Times Herald, and others. Hughes holds a Master of Arts degree in American Literature and Creative Writing from The Ohio State University and has served on the founding advisory board of Narrative Magazine. She is a member of the Authors Guild and New Mexico Writers. 


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“Debra Hughes writes with elegant restraint and compelling narrative tension, and her knowledge of the Western landscape adds stunning precision and urgency to her storyteller’s art.

When you read Hughes’ work, you cannot help but admire how perfectly her thoughtful, chiseled prose reveals a deeply wise, engaged heart.”

-Melissa Pritchard, author of Flight of the Wild Swan, A Solemn Pleasure and Palmerino


“The stories of Debra Hughes capture the people and landscape of New Mexico.  The perspective reveals the inner heart of women living in the frontier spaces which they partly create, spaces which also reflect a social trap.  Her characters seek freedom, liberation from the smallness of life which often drowns those more weak-willed.

Debra’s fiction is flavored with deep textures, colors and corners which create a unique world within a harsher reality. She is an important voice in the fiction of the Southwest. I was happy to publish her in TIERRA: CONTEMPORARY SHORT FICTION OF NEW MEXICO, an anthology which included only 24 writers.”

– Rudolfo Anaya, Editor, Blue Mesa Review 

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