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Chey Dugan

Chey Dugan (she/her) is an emerging queer writer born and raised in the border city of El Paso, Texas. She is a 2024 SmokeLong Quarterly Fellow and will receive support from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop summer 2024. Her work has appeared in The Amazine. Chey Dugan lives with her family in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


I was admiring the aristocratic Grande Dame portrait on a Tuesday afternoon; a day when the Abruzzo Museum of Art History is hauntingly inactive and I’m free from the perturbed looks I get from the usual late-week crowd. I’m reluctant to admit, but somewhere along my embryonic development my Pavlovian wires got crossed and because of these ritual Tuesdays, I

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