National award for alum translating Arabic nomadic tale to English

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Dr. William Hutchins, an App State professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, recently received the National Translation Award (NTA) from his peers in the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

The National Translation Award is the oldest prize for a work of literary translation.

“It’s super neat because I’ve been doing this for decades actually, and I’m so used to being patronized: ‘That’s a nice hobby isn’t it,’” Hutchins said, brushing off the haters. “But to win a national award, competing with all the languages for the prize award, [and to have ALTA which] is like my club recognize me, it’s extremely satisfying.”

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