Professional History

Fiction and nonfiction writer. 1979 to the present.

Owner and President, Two Hats, LLC; Land Conservation Properties, 2012 to present. Managing Partner, Ceja de las Colonias, an open space development, Taos, New Mexico, 2006 to 2012.

Co-Chair, College, Career, and Development Center, Catalina Foothills High School. (Tucson, AZ) 2005 to 2007.

Collaboration: Author and presenter In Exchange: Family-owned General Stores of New Mexico, a collaboration with Krista Elrick, photographer. Exhibition, Palace of the Governors, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July to September, 2003. Images and Words. A Collaboration with photographer Krista Elrick. National Convention for the Society for Photographers in Education in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2002, and PhotoArts Conference in Santa Fe. June, 2001.

Collaboration with artist Maye Torres. “Secrets.” Voices and Visions, an exhibition of women visual artists and writers.  Guadalupe Fine Art, Santa Fe. March, 1998.

Teaching/Workshops: The Writer’s Lab, an extension of The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, May 2017; Santa Fe Community College Writer’s Conference, 2006; Santa Fe Preparatory School, 1996;  Founder and Director, A Writer's Workshop, 1985 to 1990; Co-Instructor of graduate course at The Ohio State University, "Nonfiction:  Writing the Familiar Essay." 1985; Graduate Teaching Associate, English Composition,  OSU.  1983-1985.

Arts Administration: President, New Mexico Poetry Society. Literature Program Associate, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).  Literature Judge: Utah State Arts Council, Wyoming Arts Council, and Co-Visions, Colorado State Council on the Arts. 1994 - 1996.

Contributor: New Mexico Magazine. 1995 to 2000; USA Today, Education Week. 1978-1982, Reporter: feature and daily news journalist. The Albuquerque Tribune. 1978-1980.

Editing and Communications: Brystol Meyers-Squibb Pharmaceuticals, New York; Cisneros Design, Santa Fe; New Mexico Education Assistance Foundation, Albuquerque; Science Projects West, Santa Fe, NM, Cancer Journal; Western Ecology, LLC, Santa Fe. 1994-1998.

Co-Director and Founder, Young Author’s Workshop. Rio Grande School. (Santa Fe, NM) 1992-1994.

Research/Development Coordinator, Wheelwright Museum. (Santa Fe, NM) August 1992 - June 1993.



Fiction – Anthologies

 "With Fire." Walking the Twilight, Contemporary Fiction by Southwestern Women Writers. Ed. Kathryn Wilder. Flagstaff: Northland Publishing, 1994. 183-190. Print.

"Edna's Pie Town." Tierra, Contemporary Short Fiction of New Mexico. El Paso: Cinco Puntos Press. 1989. 201-211. Print.


"Telephone," New Letters. 61.2. Ed. James McKinley. Kansas City, University of Missouri. 1995. 131-135. Print.

"Juniper," Blue Mesa Review. Vol. 5. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 1993. 27-36. Print.

 "Laverne,” New Mexico Humanities Review. Vol. 36. Socorro, NM: New Mexico Tech, 1992. 125-138. Print.

Nonfiction - Book

 Albuquerque In Our Time, 30 Voices, 300 Years, Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press. 2006. Print.

Essays and Articles

“Tucson Shootings:  Words and Deeds.” Narrative Magazine, Winter 2011. Web. n pag.; Rpt. in Huffington Post, Web. 28 Jan. 2011. (posts with top hits); Rpt. in The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook. Ed. Cheryl Glenn and Loretta Gray. 5th ed.  Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013. 151-154. Print.

“First Words: The Best and Worst of Inaugural Speeches.” Narrative Magazine, Winter 2009. Web. n pag.

 “Albuquerquean Joe Powdrell.” Albuquerque in Our Time: 30 Voices, 300 Years. (2006): 123-124. Print. Rpt. in Telling New Mexico: A New History. Ed. Marta Weigle. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press. 2009. 379-381. Print.

“White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.” Narrative Magazine, Fall 2006. Web. n pag.

“Land Trusts of New Mexico.” New Mexico Magazine. October, 2000. Print.

"In Exchange: New Mexico’s Family-Owned General Stores.” New Mexico Magazine. November, 1997. Print.

 "Johnny's Cash Store." New Mexico Magazine. October, 1996. Print.

"Conflict and the Tender Mouth,"  The Whole Chile Pepper.  March/April, 1990. 10-12. Print.

"Saying Goodbye to a Friend," Westward Magazine, Dallas Times-Herald. 10 March, 1985. Print.

Workshops, Readings, Panels

Tucson Festival of Books. “Interviews and Anecdotes.” March, 2009.

Workshops: Santa Fe Community College Writer's Conference, 1996.  Rio Grande School's Young Author's Conference 1995 through present; Volunteer fiction and nonfiction writing, Santa Fe Public Schools, 1992-present.

Readings: Borders Book Festival, Las Cruces, NM, March 1996;  Old Santa Fe Trail Books, Santa Fe, NM, February 16, 1995; winter authors' series sponsored by the Society of the Muse of the Southwest, Taos, NM, February 11, 1994;  Old Santa Fe Trail Bookstore; Santa Fe, NM, March 23, 1993;  Santa Fe Literary Center's Spring Authors' Series, April 15, 1992. 

Panel discussions: "Women Writers of the Southwest," Rocky Mountain Book Festival, Denver, CO; October 1994;  "Landscapes." Old Santa Fe Trail Bookstore;  Santa Fe, NM, February 18, 1993.

 Awards and Scholarships

 Silver Award for Reader Service, the International Regional Magazine Association; 2002. (“Land Trusts of New Mexico.” New Mexico Magazine. October, 2000. Print.)

"Saying Goodbye to a Friend.” Conceptions. The Ohio State University. 1984.  Selected as the best creative essay of the year at The Ohio State University.

Scholarships: Scholarship Recipient, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury, Vermont, August, 1992. (Due to family matters, I could not accept.) Participant in Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury, Vermont.  August, 1991; Graduate Fellow, The Ohio State University literary fellowship.  1985-86.

References to Debra Hughes’ writing

Bounds, Suzanne and Swartz, Patti, “Women’s Resistance in the Desert West,” Literature of Nature: An International Sourcebook. Ed. Patrick D. Murphy. Chicago, London. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.  pages 77-83.1998. Print. Web.

Board Membership/Literary Memberships/Miscellaneous

Founding Advisory Board Member. Narrative Magazine. 2006-2009.

Vice President, Board of Directors. New Mexico Literary Arts.  1995-1997.

Member. Author’s Guild. 2007 to present.

Included in Directory of Poets and Fiction Writers. Poets and Writers, Inc. 2003 to present.

Member. PEN, New Mexico. 1994-2001.



Master of Arts, English Literature with emphasis in creative writing.  The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.  June, 1986.

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature with minor in Spanish and French, University of Colorado.  1977.

Diplome Superior, La Sorbonne, Paris, France.  1975-1976.