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 is represented by Gail Hochman of Brandt & Hochman. Her memoir, Standoff, about her relationship with her gunsmith father and an unintentional shooting that resulted in the death of a neighbor, is currently out on submission.

From 2018-2021 Sue was the Be SMART Lead for the state of Maine. She is an Everytown Survivor Fellow and volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. In  these capacities, she 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 has also been trained as a Racial Justice Peer Coach for Moms Demand Action. Now living in New Jersey, Sue was the keynote speaker for the New Jersey Chapter of Moms Demand Action’s 2022 Wear Orange weekend.


Latest Posts


Vermont Writing Retreat for Creative Nonfiction

Is there an essay or memoir chapter you've been struggling to complete? Could you use a change of scenery and supportive feedback in a beautiful New England setting? Please consider joining this Word Garden Writing Retreat for women and non-binary creative nonfiction...

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CNF Writing Retreat in VT: Who’s In?

CNF Writing Retreat in VT: Who’s In?

Can’t make AWP Seattle? Word Garden Workshops is offering a weekend writing retreat for women and non-binary CNF writers this March at Prospect Street Writers House in North Bennington, VT.

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Word Garden Launches with Weekend Writing Retreat

I am thrilled to announce some exciting, new literary endeavors for 2023! I am now available for freelance writing projects, editorial assistance, manuscript evaluations, and coaching, and will also be offering classes and workshops online and in person. I am so...

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