Paul Greenstein is co-author of Bread and Hyacinths: The Rise and Fall of Utopian Los Angeles, the only book-length history of the Llano del Rio Cooperative Colony, and it's relationship to the Los Angeles Times bombing, the American Socialist movement, and the period in which these events took place. Using the life's of Job Harriman and Harrison Gray Otis as the keys to disparate, but connected events, the book traces both major and minor characters, and the roles they played in shaping America. He interviewed both surviving colonists, and their descendants to form a picture of the day to day arabesques of colony life. He also owns a small but significant collection of Llano California ephemera.
Karyl Newman founded PositionalProjects.org in 2016 to create alternate experiences of place. Using digital map-based exhibits and timelines, she shares local histories and invites other artists and historians to contribute their responses at site-specific events designed to engage guests in stewardship and preservation. She was a 2016-2017 fellow at the Beinecke Library at Yale University where she earned her MFA.
Leora Wien was born in Santa Monica, CA. She holds a B.A. in American Studies/Cultural Studies from Wesleyan University. Her practice includes mixed media art, ‘zines and essays, and performance. Her work has been shown in Venice, Los Angeles, Paris, Basel, and Llano. She helped to produce innovative programming for LACMA’s Institute for Art & Cultures. The first iteration of May Queens, was created by Leora Wien in 2014, and incorporated contemporary feminist punk protest songs with those of Llano’s past.