An eisteddfod is a Welsh arts festival. The eisteddfod has been held since at least the 11th century and comes from a Welsh word which means to sit together. Today, eisteddfodau are held all over the world, wherever Welsh people settled and kept this tradition alive.

The West Coast Eisteddfod is a contemporary arts festival celebrating the work of artists from Wales, artists of Welsh ancestry and artists inspired by Welsh tradition. Since 2009, it has been an annual event held in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California and has brought Wales and Welsh heritage and writers, poets, musicians and visual artists to new audiences. This event includes both live events and online competitions hosted on AmeriCymru.net, an online social network.

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The 2012 WEST COAST EISTEDDFOD & CELTIC ART PARTY included performances and appearances by painter Jen Delyth, the Chris Chandler Show, Tramor, harpist Halley Weaver, SexBomb and live poetry and storytelling competitioins.


 

We extend our very grateful thanks to all our competition judges and to all our competitors. These competitions are closed for 2013. New competitions for 2014 will be announced in the near future.

POETRY

The winner of the English poetry competition for 2009 was Sherry Weaver. Read her winning entry, Imprint.

Poetry Competition Judges

(ENGLISH LANGUAGE/SAESNEG) PETER THABIT JONES is a native of Swansea, Wales and the founder and editor of The Seventh Quarry poetry magazine. His work, particularly his poetry for children, has been featured in books from publishers such as Penguin, Puffin Books, Letts Educational, Macmillan Educational, Heinemann Educational, Oxford University Press, Simon and Schuster, Heinemann Centaur (South Africa), Scholastic Publications (Australia), and Titul Publishers/ British Council Moscow (Russia); been featured on British and American television and radio and in educational publications for primary and secondary students. His latest book is The Lizard Catchers, Cross-Cultural Communications (New York, 2006), nominated for the long list for the 2007 Welsh Book of the Year.


(CYMRAEG/WELSH LANGUAGE) JOHN GOOD is the president of the Welsh Society of Arizona, a native Welsh speaker, teacher and tutor who lectures on Welsh language poetry, as well as half of Oceans Apart, a very well known Celtic music duo popular throughout the United States. John delivered a lecture for the 2009 Eisteddfod and at the Multnomah Country Library, "1500 Years of Welsh Poetry," on Welsh language poetry for English speakers.



SHORT STORY

Short Story Competition Judge

LLOYD JONES is the author of two novels, Mr. Vogel and Mr. Cassini, and a collection of short stories, My First Coloring Book and lives on the North Wales coast.


IMAGE

IMAGE Competition Judge

GLYN DAVIES is an award-winning professional photographer, equally proficient in landscape, portrait and commercial work. He has taught a variety of photographic subjects and his work has been published in many books and magazines. In 2007, he published a book of lanscapes, Anglesey Landscapes - Tirluniau Môn, followed by Anglesey Landscapes - Tirluniau Môn II in 2008 and in April 2009 published his THIRD coffee table book "Nant Gwrtheyrn: Y Swyngyfaredd - The Enchantment" about the lost valley and village of Nant Gwrtheyrn, now a National Centre for the Welsh Language. His work is held in public and private collections world-wide. (Photograph Carol Mead / Able Creations)

ITV Wales program, "Tidal Wales"

Sioe Gelf, Cymraeg (Welsh Language program)