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Inside Reading Is Resistance: The Newton Family


We are thrilled to have lots of new subscribers and participants at Reading Is Resistance. So....we thought we'd re-introduce ourselves with a behind-the-scenes look at who we are.

The first part in our three-part series is an introduction to the Newton Family, the primary Reading Is Resistance movers and shakers. The second part will be all about what we do, and the third part will be about our amazing student writers, editors, and social media super stars! We hope you'll get to know us a little bit and you'll let us know more about you, too.


You can read our formal bios HERE, and learn more informal stuff about us below!

NAME: Farnell Newton

WORK IN THE WORLD: music licensing, trumpeter, coffee roaster for Kind of Brew

ROLE IN READING IS RESISTANCE: co-founder

FAVORITE SNACK THESE DAYS: peanut butter pretzels

CURRENTLY READING: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

HOW I CHILL: listening to discussions on ClubHouse and watching anime

LISTENING TO: LoFiJazzSoul

LOCAL BUSINESS TO SUPPORT: Jo Brown's Carmel Corn

NEXT BIG PROJECT/RELEASE: Bridge City Revival Soul Record (releasing June 2021)

WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE: my five children

NAME: Zapoura Newton-Calvert

WORK IN THE WORLD: instructor at Portland State University, flower planter, trouble maker

ROLE IN READING IS RESISTANCE: co-founder

FAVORITE SNACK THESE DAYS: Blue Sky Granola, Cheezits

CURRENTLY READING: Ancestor Approved, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

HOW I CHILL: playing matching games on my phone, dog walks, watching retro tv (SeaQuest, anyone?), 2-hour naps

LISTENING TO: Black Belt Eagle Scout

LOCAL BUSINESS TO SUPPORT: Mimi's Fresh Tees

NEXT BIG PROJECT/RELEASE: Read for Justice Spring 2021:Migration & Immigration

WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE: my students

NAME: Vera Newton

WORK IN THE WORLD: starting a lipgloss company (Kisses n' Wishes), dog belly rub expert, cooking for the family

ROLE IN READING IS RESISTANCE: Vera's Reviews and Youth Advisory Team

FAVORITE SNACK THESE DAYS: confetti cheese cake and blue cheese white cheddar cheese puffs

CURRENTLY READING: Loki by Mackenzi Lee

HOW I CHILL: get into shorts, get into bed, put on a show

LISTENING TO: Lofi for Mermaids

LOCAL BUSINESS TO SUPPORT: Bernstein's Bagels

NEXT BIG PROJECT/RELEASE: launching Kisses n' Wishes

WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE: confetti cheese cake

NAME: Quincy Newton

WORK IN THE WORLD: continue to live, play Minecraft, draw every day

ROLE IN READING IS RESISTANCE: photo stager, book holder, reader

FAVORITE SNACKS THESE DAYS: gummy candies, all kinds

CURRENTLY READING: Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

HOW I CHILL: play games or watch YouTube

LISTENING TO: "Never Gonna Give You Up"

LOCAL BUSINESS TO SUPPORT: Comic Cave PDX

NEXT BIG PROJECT/RELEASE: dominating Minecraft

WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE: friends