Alaska Juneau, Alaska March for women's/civil rights this AM. Great energy!!!! Be resilient and stand together!👍🏽❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/1i1DqzKf5N — Alberta Jones (@AlbertaJones21) January 21, 2017 Hawaii Women's March Maui 🌈#womensmarch#womensrightsarehumanrightshttps://t.co/Q3cHjEbXKIpic.twitter.com/7yaezNwRVD — Lauren N. Rosenberg (@lnrosenberg) January 21, 2017 Washington State #seattlewomensmarch / #WomensMarch passing by Seattle City Hall now. https://t.co/DroMHW1kml pic.twitter.com/3imrDlV2If — Lindsey Wasson (@lindseywasson) January … Continue reading From Sea to Shining Sea
https://www.instagram.com/p/BDJBc2NBoGx/?taken-by=jenniferriceepstein Last weekend was BinderCon L.A. It's a conference put on by Out of the Binders, an organization that supports women writers. As co-founder Leigh Stein said—and I'm paraphrasing here—it is indeed a nonprofit that grew out of a thing Mitt Romney said one time. In case you need a refresher: So, the meme … Continue reading On BinderCon (among other things)
Cities smaller than Long Beach: Atlanta Raleigh Miami Minneapolis Cleveland New Orleans St. Louis Anchorage Orlando Boise Birmingham I'm keeping this list as a reminder to myself, for the next time someone beats me to a big story (it happened today). It's not a small town. It just feels like one.
Last week, I visited with a group of homeless men and women (some of whom are pictured, above) who are trying to start a nonprofit organization. Susanna Twaite (in the animal print shirt and black jacket) has been working on creating a nonprofit that provides handmade quilts to needy children — all while juggling a precarious … Continue reading News/Writing: Homelessness and Charity
This was a fun one. My job at the newspaper is very news-focused, for the most part. I write about downed trees after rainstorms and school closures on hot days and the naming of new libraries — that's the nuts and bolts of community news. But sometimes, community news intersects with my interests. That's what … Continue reading News/Writing: The Food of Azerbaijan
Sometimes, I say I meet interesting interesting people for a living. It was certainly true this week. Scott Jones wants people to know their neighbors. So he created We Love Long Beach, a nonprofit that helps organize neighborhood parties. It's been wildly successful. When I interviewed Jones, he told me he thought neighborliness was fundamental to … Continue reading News/Writing: We Love Long Beach
I almost never get to write about food/wine. But last week, I convinced my boss that people would want to read about wine and beer pairings for their Thanksgiving dinners. I talked to so many great restaurateurs and shop owners. I learned things (which I then implemented! We drank cider with our turkey and it was awesome). … Continue reading News/Writing: Story Flops
Sometimes, you interview people for a story, and then you cry in your car for half an hour.
This weekend was an interesting one—my second AWP and the third time this year that professional things have taken me on overnight trips away from my family. This is remarkable because, prior to 2015, I hadn't spent any overnights away from my kids, well, ever. My friends at AWP gently asked about the kids, and whether I was okay, … Continue reading Thoughts on Minneapolis
The AWP 2015 conference is almost here! There will be an offsite reading of University of Arizona alumni on Friday. Readers include the wonderful writer/teacher Elizabeth Evans, writer/editor Cara Blue Adams, poet/MMA fighter Cameron Conaway, essayist/potato farmer Joshua Foster, David James Wins-All-the-Awards Poissant, Padma Viswanathan, who is among the few writers in the world beloved enough to … Continue reading #AWP15