Nehmetallah is the recipient of a Killam Fellowship from Fulbright Canada and is studying at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
“It’s amazing. A little dizzying, and a total shift,” says Nehmetallah. “I wanted to get to the United States, mostly the South. I’m interested in Southern literature, especially poetry, and a few of my favourite working writers and poets teach here, so I wanted the opportunity to learn from them. I’m taking a course on Ulysses, which is easily my favourite right now.’’ In addition to his studies, Nehmetallah is also hosting a radio show, Whisper Shout, on WRVU Nashville. He plans to pursue a career in poetry and barbering.
At Mount Allison, Nehmetallah is a recipient of the Bell Scholarship, one of the University’s most prestigious entrance awards and has had his poetry published twice in Seven Mondays, a journal of undergraduate art. He has also self-published a collaborative broadside, entitled “dimensions of exhaustion.” Nehmetallah has played rugby, served as an executive member of the debate society, put on screenings with Cinema Politica, edited for the ATLIS journal, and served as the entertainment editor of The Argosy, Mount Allison’s student newspaper.
Mount Allison currently offers 26 programs in 17 countries across four continents, including the Killiam Fellowship through Fulbright Canada. Nehmetallah is the 11th Mount Allison student to be awarded this exchange opportunity in the past decade.