Burning Man Journal Authors

Aaron Muszalski (aka Slim) is an artist, photographer, and lifelong explorer of liminal spaces. As a member of DPW’s Man Crew, Aaron has helped design and build The Man since 2007. He is also an experienced startup founder (Threadable, acq.) and a Y Combinator alumnus. In January of 2016 Aaron was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. 2017 was his 23rd year attending Burning Man. In his own words, he is “not just surviving cancer, but surpassing it.”

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Affinity, a Burner since 2000, was legally married on the Playa in 2001, was wedding coordinator and then training coordinator at Burning Man, before becoming the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) Social Media Coordinator and an Advisory Board Member. An attorney, she served on the Board of Directors of the Western Pension and Benefits Conference. She interned with the Human Awareness Institute for 10 years. She writes about how art is envisioned, produced, created, installed and its afterlife.

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Alessandra (Allie) Wollner, aka Lotus, is a writer and community organizer based in Oakland, CA. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from Ohio State and helps create the theme camp Milk + Honey. On playa, when she's not dancing wildly, you can find Allie writing in her notebook atop a 40-foot trailer, wearing a leopard print onesie, at sunrise. See Allie's work at www.alewollner.com

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Prior to her 2012 retirement from the staff of Burning Man, Andie Grace was a member of the Burning Man Executive Committee and the manager of the Communications Department and the Regional Network - in plain English, that means she went to an inordinate number of meetings. Her staff bio is here.

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Annie Oak is a San Francisco-based journalist, project manager and event organizer.

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Anselm is a relative newcomer to the Burning Man scene (Burning since 2013), but a long-time citizen of liminal spaces everywhere. He thinks with his hands, believes specialization is a mistake, and makes the user support systems work at Burning Man Headquarters.

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Answergirl oversees the vibrant crew of volunteers responsible for reviewing and placing interactive camps and other groups in Black Rock City. The Placement team works to arrange participants’ intended interactivity to create a unique version of Black Rock City each year. She also manages Placement-related communications and is active in the city planning process. Calling on her Social Work PhD, Answergirl emphasizes the importance of communication and collaboration to build and strengthen communities in everything she does. Anything is possible with a questionnaire, a pencil, and a great team.

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Ballyhoo Betty has been working for DPW since 2011 and managing Burning Man’s Community Yellow Bike Program since 2013. In addition to participating in Regional Burns around the world, she is an avid supporter of cycling communities, teaches yoga, and works in digital design.

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Beth is a Massachusetts-based curator, Burner, and mom of two kiddos and a kick-ass cat named Beastie. Over the course of her career, she been driven by a passion to make the arts more accessible to all populations. As Chief Curator at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, she has developed a number exhibitions focusing on alternative modes of making, including Playa Made: Burning Man Jewelry and Revolution in the Making: The Pussyhat Project. A first-time Burner in 2018, Beth was blown away by all the unfettered creativity she witnessed on the playa and looks forward to finding more ways in which to spotlight the Burning Man arts community.

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