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Terbo Ted first visited the Black Rock Desert in 1992 when there was no gate, no perimeter, no road, no trash fence, and you could drive your car as fast as you wanted in any direction. Terbo was the first DJ to play in Black Rock City with no one there to hear his set on a dusty Friday afternoon. Later, in the early years, he was the only one ever to be called “Mayor of the Techno Ghetto”. His playa self and default-world self can be remarkably similar these days.

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Tales From the Playa are dreams and memories of events that took place at Burning Man, as told by participants. Submit your story here.

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Proud citizen of Black Rock City and Glittercamp since 2005, Sybil Hatch is a lover of the desert, bicycles, and writing. She is particularly drawn to stories exploring the interstitial dynamics between humans, emotion, and the natural world. Best burn ever? When she brought her 16-year-old daughter to Burning Man. Daughter’s response when asked about her favorite part of Burning Man? “I couldn’t believe how friendly and open all the people were to me!” That’s Sybil’s kind of town!

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Summer Burkes has been rousting about at Burning Man since 1998. She first met her dusty DPW / Cyclecide / Bike Club fam-dambly on the back of The Bucket. A Cacophony Society enthusiast, Summer loves explosions and cake.

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A member of the community since 1993, Stuart was a pioneer settler of Black Rock City and Burning Man’s first communications manager. He currently serves as director of education for Burning Man Project.

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Stewart Harvey is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in both museum and gallery exhibitions. He is the brother of Burning Man founder Larry Harvey and the author of the 2017 book, Playa Fire. Stewart’s Burning Man photography has appeared in numerous publications, including Wired and Life magazines, as well as the books Burning Man, Playa Dust, and the cover of Geoff Dyer’s Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It. He attended the last Ansel Adams Yosemite Workshop in 1981 and received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 2007. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Stephanie Kohler is a writer, musician, and teacher based out of Atlanta, GA. She believes that playa magic is everywhere. More info on her website.

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As the program coordinator for Burners Without Borders, Shawn helps facilitate socially innovative projects through BWB’s initiatives, grants and chapter network. Before joining the Burning Man staff, Shawn lived around the world for a number of years working and volunteering for community development nonprofits including building his own school for youth who live in the train stations of Calcutta, India. Burning since 2011, he’s helped bring art to the playa every year and was on the first Ma’Patz (DPW) crew for Midburn. From the SF Bay with a BA in cultural anthropology, he’s excited to help facilitate and extend Burning Man culture globally.

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Follow along with me on my adventures as Black Rock City returns to dust. I run around with a camera and talk to people. Check out my Burning Man Vlogs here.

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I'm a DJ, MC, poet, civil rights lawyer, and grassroots organizer. I've recorded an album, a rack of spoken word and music videos, and some DJ sets. During the day, I help lead one national civil liberties organization and work for another as Director of Grassroots Advocacy. Much of my writing examines corruption across the national security, intelligence, police & prison industrial complex, though I also write poems and song lyrics. I've been a Burner since 2003.

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