Sue Repko

writer, editor, gun violence prevention advocate


Sue Repko is a freelance writer, editor, urban planner, and gun violence prevention advocate. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, a master’s in city and regional planning from Rutgers University, and a B.A. in psychology from Princeton University. Her essays have been named notable three times in The Best American Essays and won a Maine Literary Award for short nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, Brevity Blog, The Southeast Review, Hazlitt, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, Princeton Alumni Weekly and elsewhere. She recently completed Standoff: Memoir of a Gunsmith’s Daughter about her relationship with her father and an unintentional shooting that resulted in the death of a neighbor.

Since 2018 Sue has been a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America as the Be SMART Lead for the state of Maine; she is also an Everytown Survivor Fellow. In these capacities, she has testified before the Maine legislature, published op-eds and letters to the editor, trained other volunteers, and shared a message about the safe storage of firearms with parents, pediatricians, medical students, law enforcement, and the general public. She is currently being trained as a Racial Justice Peer Coach for Moms Demand Action.

Latest Posts


Reading today on Facebook livestream

Hi! It's been awhile. I'm reading a new essay live this afternoon on Facebook -- at 3 pm on the topic of "Borders." More on that below! I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well, although I know there is so much suffering everywhere. I have been sticking...

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