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


The food and music that sustain us

When I went upstairs to go to bed last night, I realized I had not gotten dressed all day. Hmm… I only stay in my comfy sweats/sleep clothes when I'm sick. But I'm not sick! That I know of. In fact, I actually got a lot done yesterday. I'm nearing completion of a...

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Nesting instinct hits the kitchen

I stocked up pretty well with two big grocery shopping trips -- one at the beginning of March and another one this past Thursday. I don't think I over-bought, just tried to gauge what we might need for 3-4 weeks (just in case the 2-week self-quarantine period proved...

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It’s March 16th & I’m launching this blog…

… in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic from a little spot in southern Maine, kind of off the beaten path, but within a 10-minute car ride of lots of people and economic activity. While I love towns and cities--people! cultural activities! food! action!--I also love...

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