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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Why I Am Begging You To Stay Home

Well. The last time I posted here, I wrote about deleting some news and social media apps from my phone in order to get more writing done... in my local coffee shop. There was no mention of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 or sheltering in place. I was acknowledging...

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Long Walks

Photo by David Beale on UnsplashWoman with long, wavy dark hair in a plaid shirt,looking down a country road with trees on either side. I took a long walk yesterday on the rural roads around my house. I passed or saw in the distance about 10 other people, which is...

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