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Jennifer Rice Epstein

Writer

Long Beach, California

Jennifer Rice Epstein

Enterprise news, books, culture, and a glimpse of the Southern California you don't see on television.

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Groundhog Days

In Woodstock, Ill., where Groundhog Day was filmed, hundreds of fans gather every year, year after year, to celebrate their favorite movie. At 6:00 this morning, I set out for Woodstock Square by foot. The clerk at the Best Western called a cab for me, but there was no answer. It’s four degrees outside, and windy, so when I see a building labeled police department, I walk in to ask for a ride.
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With New Cookbook, Author Recreates Flavors Of Azerbaijan

When Feride Buyuran moved to Long Beach in 2003, she expected to pursue a business career. The Azerbaijan-born cookbook author moved to Long Beach after a year in Los Angeles to attend California State University, Long Beach’s MBA program. She graduated and worked in the business world — first for a trading company, then for a translation firm.
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Shifting Anxieties: On J. Robert Lennon’s See You in Paradise

Robert Lennon, a highly undervalued writer and one of the great pessimists of our time, has just released a collection of short stories culled from the past 15 years, a period that spans most of his career. He’s a writer’s writer, the kind of guy that isn’t really famous but has published dozens of stories, gets reviewed everywhere, and has a small cadre of intense fans (of which I am one).
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Los Cerritos Elementary School Scare Shows What's Important

It wasn’t until I got on the bus that I thought I might cry. Two and a half hours earlier, at about 8:55 a.m., police officers rushed onto the campus of Los Cerritos Elementary School. I approached to find out what was going on, but the officer waved me off. My son’s kindergarten teacher, Jody Hedley, appeared instantly.
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David Wagner is America's Most Decorated Men's Tennis Player. So Why Hasn't Anyone Heard of Him?

Sometimes, during football season, David Wagner sneaks off to a back room adjacent to the cafeteria at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista to watch the Seahawks. Right now, though, it's mid-summer, and the cafeteria is filled with table after table of college women's lacrosse players.
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Long Beach's Michelle Obama Library Opens This Saturday

More than a decade in the making, North Long Beach is getting its bigger, better library. “The fences have come down, and people are finally able to see a full view of this library,” Vice Mayor Rex Richardson said. And on Saturday, Sept. 10, the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, at 5870 Atlantic Ave., will have its grand opening.
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In North Long Beach, Homeless People Give Back

In the past year, they’ve planted trees in North Long Beach, volunteered at Beach Streets, participated in a chili cook-off, fed Thanksgiving dinners to the hungry in North Long Beach, participated in neighborhood cleanups and helped build playgrounds. Everywhere they go, the volunteers for Wrap the Kids can be identified by their pink and black T-shirts.
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Activists Voice Worries over Gentrification in Downtown Long Beach

At the newly built Sixth Street Lofts (431 E. Sixth St.), the rent for one-bedroom apartments starts at $1,875 per month. The luxury building boasts an elevator, fitness room, rooftop sundeck and parking. Around the corner, in a salmon-colored art deco low-rise at 601 Linden Ave., one-bedrooms were renting for less than half that.
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For Thanksgiving, Consider These All-American Beers, Wines, Ciders

By this time of year, most cooks know what will go on their Thanksgiving table. Chances are, the menu will largely be informed by meals of Thanksgivings past, family favorites that have secured a place on the holiday table for years, or even generations. For the past several years, the trend has been to serve American wines at dinner — and with more than 10,000 wineries in the U.S.
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Runner Chooses Long Beach Marathon For Wedding Proposal

As thousands of people sweated their way through the JetBlue Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon Sunday, one half-marathoner stopped at mile 12 for a change of clothes. 31-year-old Patrick Stanton veered off-course at Bixby Park, where he swapped his technical tee for a shirt and tie. and a ring — that his mother had been keeping for him.
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Acclaimed Long Beach Artist Creates Mixed Media Works That Explore Beauty, Death

Long Beach painter Erynn Richardson creates mixed media portraits of taxidermy animals, intricately washed with watercolor and accented with gold leaf. Many of the works are quite large, and creating them is a time-consuming process — a process she undertakes between teaching jobs that take her to grade schools and colleges throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.
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From High School Dropout to Cal State Long Beach Grad

It’s a story straight out of the movies — complete with a Hollywood ending. Fred Rodriguez grew up in Long Beach, hopping from apartment to apartment, neighborhood to neighborhood. He lived at 15th and Cherry, then Lime and 21st — all over Central Long Beach and the Eastside. “These neighborhoods weren’t the best,” Rodriguez, now 25, recalls.
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About

Jennifer Rice Epstein

Jennifer Rice Epstein is a fiction writer and journalist with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and an undergraduate degree in English from UCLA.

She has worked as an assistant at the New York Review of Books, the books section editor at Flaunt magazine, and an editor at Gazette Newspapers.

Her work can also be found in Publishers Weekly, LA Weekly, The Millions, Paste, and The Morning News.

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Skills

  • Profiles
  • Enterprise news
  • Book reviews
  • Editing
  • Reporting