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.
“Pandemic Thoughts, Racing” published in The Keeping Room
I am so grateful to The Keeping Room for publishing my essay, "Pandemic Thoughts, Racing." I've been so immersed in finishing my memoir that I have not had an essay published in a while. Feels good to have this out in the world -- something unrelated to my memoir....
On yard sales and learning to love unwanted things: an online reading
I recently had a recording of a reading go live as part of the Local Writers Read series. The series features writers from Maine, and was sponsored by LA Art Walk, which takes place monthly during warm weather months in Lewiston/Auburn, cities in Maine. Due to the...
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...