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Susan Tally

Susan Tally’s poems have appeared in Kind of a Hurricane, Melancholy Hyperbole and Birds Piled Loosely. She values the poetry workshop experience and has been involved in small writing groups for many years. She lives in New York City and tutors young children in a literacy program.

Susan has also responded to The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Susan's work here on Pure Slush:

Photographic Memory is part of Five Pure Slush Vol. 10 

Character Study  -  March 2016 

Rear Window is part of tall...ish Pure Slush Vol. 11 

Highway Sketch is part of Summer Pure Slush Vol. 12  

Susan responds to The Hue Questionnaire:

 

My favorite color is blue purple.

I like to wrap myself in this color

for its meditative properties.

I took a blue purple wrap with me

when strolling around the city this summer.

Blue purple suggests depth intuition and calm.

as opposed to plum purple fantasies.

It does not draw attention to itself

but adds to wellbeing, calmness and serenity.

I would like to convey these attributes to blue purple in my poetry.

 

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Ben Tanzer

Ben Tanzer is an Emmy-award winning Public Service Announcement writer and the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, So Different Now, and the forthcoming Orphans and Lost in Space, among others. Ben is also the Editor of the anthology Daddy Cool, oversees day-to-day operations of This Zine Will Change Your Life and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life the center of his growing lifestyle empire.

Ben has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll down). 

Read Ben's work here on Pure Slush: 

So Different Now is part of barcode 

Ben answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Brown. I’m not sure why. It was red as kid because that is the color of blood. Later, it was green, which I learned was because I craved peace. And now it’s brown. It may be because I’ve grown boring and plain. But I think it’s because it represents stability and nature, possibly, and because it definitely compliments my hair.

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear it, and I wear it often, nearly everyday, now even. Brown goes well with blue, and I really like blue as well.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

It may be a desire for something earthy, rooted. I want that. And did I mention it compliments my hair? That’s big.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Coolness. Not at all. Sadly. Because that’s fairly important to me as well.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Maybe ten years now, or more, as long as I've been a dad maybe, nearly twelves years, or married, seventeen this fall. Fuck. Wow.

 

When does it work best?

When I’m dressing-up just slightly for work. Brown looks good with a blue blazer and crisp white shirt. Not that olive is bad. I also like brown walls. Book covers. T-shirts. And coffee certainly.

 

When does it not work for you?

Never, I find no other color to be as rich or deep.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Despite this questionnaire, I don’t think about color a lot, though I do with book covers certainly, T-shirts for sure, maybe socks or a tie, and I definitely like to walk into an otherwise neutral room that has a splash or explosion of color. All of which is to say that I may just think about it more than I thought I did. Huh.

 

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Christine Tolley

Christine Tolley lives in Arizona, USA and holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Production from the University of Arizona. Usually, she writes plays.

Christine is currently doing her laundry and searching for her missing computer charger. She should check the car.

Christine has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below). 

Read Christine's work on Pure Slush

In which Catherine the Great's Ghost googles herself is part of Catherine refracted

Christine answers The Hue Questionnaire:

 

What is your favourite colour?

Orange

 

Why?

... In the most superior sense possible? I like that it looks good on me even though I’m not a black woman. It takes a very specific kind of almost brown but not exactly brown hair color to pull off orange if you’re not olive skinned or darker. It’s like my saying, “Hey other light-skinned white people without my exact hair color! Want to wear a vibrant, warm color that universally represents joy? Too bad.”

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when? 

Yes, and often. Most occasions.

Except when I’m working (at preschool) where I wear a smock that’s the color of our non-profit (purple). In fact, my mother bought me a piped blazer for Christmas. It is a deep orange. It would probably look bad on you.* Also, orange is that one “unique” color that comes back in style every three seasons or so, but who can wear it? Um, only me.**

* see previous question 

** unless you are olive toned, or darker.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Myself, I think. I wear it so often that I’ve come to be associated with it amongst people who know me. I think it represents the happy part of me, the part I like people to see.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

Being boring. Or depressed. My other favorite color is, and always has been, blue. I guess blue is the staple, maybe a more honest version of myself.

 

How long has it been your favourite colour

When I was in middle school, a girl named Cassandra Romero owned orange versions of all things. I thought, “Who are you, Cassandra? Why that ugly color?”

 

When I was in high school I was in this horrible musical called Copacabana. Yes, like the song. And yes, with the exact plot of the song (except two hours, and with fourteen year olds). (THE HOTTEST SPOT NORTH OF HAVANA). There was this one scene where the main girl goes to the city to make it big, and all the ensemble girls, myself included, wore brightly toned coats. I was orange. “Orange isn’t my color,” I mumbled, slipping it on. “It is. Actually,” said another girl.

 

When does it work best?

When I want to be happy, or stand out.

 

When does it not work for you?

Winter. Mourning. When I don’t want to stand out.

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Um. Orange, I think, is who I wish I was. I wish I were spontaneous but stable, creative but able. I am instead on anti-depressants and immeasurably sensitive. 

 

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Nathaniel Tower

Nathaniel Tower writes fiction, teaches English, and manages the online lit magazine Bartleby Snopes.

His short fiction has appeared in over 50 online and print magazines. His story "The Oaten Hands" was named a notable story by storySouth's Million Writers Award in 2009. His first novel, A Reason To Kill, was released in July 2011.

Visit him at www.bartlebysnopes.com/ntower.htm

Nathaniel has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Nathaniel's work on Pure Slush:

• I Wrote A Book  -  October 2011

Jesus Fritos  -  November 2011

• Easy Mourning is also part of slut

First Bike Ride  -  December 2011

• A Stomach for All Seasons  -  February 2012 

• Rubber is also part of gorge

 

Nathaniel is taking part in 2014 and you can find an interview with him about his part in the project by clicking here.

Nathaniel answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

Bluish-Green. Or Greenish-blue. It teems with life. 


Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

I wear green and I wear blue, but I'm not daring enough to wear them together.


What does the colour suggest to you?

Life. Beauty. Magic. Surreal.


What does it not suggest to you?

Death. Ugliness. Realism.


How long has it been your favourite colour?

Since I first saw it.


When does it work best?

In the light.


When does it not work for you?

In the dark.


How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

We coexist nicely together. It's a balanced relationship. It is not me and I am not it. We make it work. 

 

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Meg Tuite

Meg Tuite's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in 34th ParallelCalliopeSan Francisco Bay PressThe Santa Fe Literary ReviewOne, the JournalFast Forward PressArtistically Declined PressSpilt MilkMonkeybicycleBoston Literary MagazineBerkeley Fiction ReviewHawaii Review and elsewhere.

She is the fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review and Connotation Press.

Her novel “Domestic Apparition” (March 2011) is available through San Francisco Bay Press.

She has a monthly column “Exquisite Quartet” for Used Furniture Review and you can find her blog by clicking here.

Meg has also answered The Hue Questionnaire (scroll below).

Read Meg's work on Pure Slush:

• Combustion  -  January 2011

• The Last Laugh  -  April 2011

• Skin of Memory  -  July 2011  (n/f)

• Buried  -  July 2011

• Wien  -  August 2011

• So This Is What You Do On Your Day Off?  -  October 2011

Catholic Boot Camp  -  November 2011  (n/f)

• Penicello is also part of slut

• Match, Why the Hell Do They Call It Happy Hour? and Purge are also part of gorge 

Meg answers The Hue Questionnaire

 

What is your favourite colour? Why?

My favorite color is green! I’m surrounded by juniper and evergreens in Santa Fe, NM and green, green, green is the color of grass, jungles, my hightops, trees, plants covering my house, my cat’s eyes, growth, growth, growth!

 

Do you wear this colour? How often and when?

When does it work best?

I wear green everyday somewhere on me. I have green jeans, holey green sweaters, scarves covered or spackled in green, my coat, my shoes, my skin some mornings, my t-shirts, my underwear, well, you get it, green!

Green is never the color of my hair, my eyes or my tattoos, but I wish it was! Although, once after swimming for hours in a chlorine pool I was tinged with green highlights!

 

How long has it been your favourite colour?

Green has been with me forever, but so have orange and blue. I rarely wear black or white. I’m all about color and there’s always some green around.

 

What does the colour suggest to you?

Green is an indoor /outdoor special. It is contemplative and still and it is wild and progressive.

 

What does it not suggest to you?

When does it not work for you?

The only green that hasn’t worked for me is back-flashes of college nights bent over a toilet while green was projectiling out of me!

 

How does the colour relate to you, or you relate to it? Are you this colour or is this colour you?

Green is about growth and that’s what I aspire toward! Green, green, green!!!!!

Green is me and me is green is me is green is me is green…. 

 

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