Welcome to Respondeo Books

Authors responding to the world


Founded in 2019 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Respondeo Books publishes writing of the highest quality that aims to bring about a better, more equitable, and more sympathetic global culture.

Our BooksBlog

Events and Reviews

Martha Franks at AWP

Martha Franks at AWP

In March, Martha Franks appeared at the AWP conference where she spoke on a panel called “Being Human: How Literature Helps.”

US-China Review of Books Without Borders

US-China Review of Books Without Borders

In the Chinese school system, students are silent. They read, they listen to the teacher, they memorize information, and they take tests. It was a total surprise to them when their new American teacher, Martha Franks, requested that they read Homer’s Iliad …

Our Latest Books

We offer a new model of co-operative publishing.  Members of the co-operative undertake actively to support the goal of bringing into the world books by young or first-time authors—members or others—who, having seriously considered works of the Western tradition, are facing and responding to contemporary life.

About Our Name

The co-operative’s name, Respondeo Books, invokes the moment in which a reader is moved to respond to the world by becoming an author, a moment in which there is a fusion of responsiveness and responsibility that promotes public conversation.  In earlier times the format of public thinking, secular and religious alike, was to state the question at hand, consider what has been or could be said about it, and then to speak in one’s own voice—respondeo—’I respond….’

Join us!

Find out more about our cooperative and what our members do here. If you are interested in becoming a member of the co-operative please contact us.