December 31


Siné (Maurice Sinet) (born December 31, 1928) French cartoonist

Read more about Sinet's art here

On a French interview program, Sinet recalls meeting Malcolm X in 1964 (French language)

Machi Tawara

Machi Tawara (俵 万智 Tawara Machi) (born December 31, 1962) – Japanese poet

Read more about Tawara's poetry style - "Tanka" (31 syllables over 5 lines of poetry) here

Listen to Machi Tawara reading from her poetry

Ronnie del Carmen

Ronnie del Carmen (born December 31, 1959) U.S./Filipino director, screenwriter, artist, designer of animated films – Inside Out (2015); Ratatouille (2007)

Read more about Ronnie del Carmen here and here

Ronnie del Carmen talks about what he does in animated filmmaking


Odetta Holmes Gordon (born December 31, 1930) U.S. Singer, songwriter, civil rights activist

Read more about Odetta here

Odetta performs "House of the Rising Sun"