The annual Welsh-inspired Eisteddfod awards ceremony at Brigham Young University honored Donnell Hunter of Rexburg, Idaho, and Brad Roghaar of Ogden as winners of the chair and crown poetry competitions.
The Eisteddfod, Welsh for "a meeting for competition," is a centuries-old literary tradition. In honor of its distinguished poet-in-residence, Welsh-born Leslie Norris, the BYU College of Humanities has sponsored its own version of the poetry competition for the past eight years, according to program director and Welsh scholar Ron Dennis.In keeping with tradition, Norris escorted Hunter to a specially carved bard's chair and presented him with a miniature replica of the chair and a $300 check. The chair competition honors the author of the best ode in the competition.
Hunter is a professor of English at Ricks College and works his own press, the Honeybook Press, where he publishes chapbooks. He was the winner of last year's crown competition at BYU.
Norris also presented a miniature crown and a check for $300 to Roghaar, a professor of English at Weber State University. The crown competition honors the competition's best lyric poem.