Humans of the English Department: Mitchell Lilly

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Humans of the English Department: Born in Oklahoma, Professor Mitchell Lilly attended Concord University for his…

Posted by English Department at Marshall University on Wednesday, October 5, 2016

 

Born in Oklahoma, Professor Mitchell Lilly attended Concord University for his undergrad where he first started studying Edgar Allan Poe. Recently, he won the James W. Gargano Award (given in recognition of the best article published on Poe each year) for his essay “Edgar Allan Poe’s The (Unnatural) Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym,” an extension of his graduate thesis. Winning the award, he says, wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else – Marshall is the best place he could have ended up.

Of the classes he teaches at Marshall, his favorites are the ones based on crime and sensation, featuring authors like Agatha Christie and Tim O’Brien. He hopes soon to be able to integrate video game studies into his teaching.

Outside of teaching, Lilly likes to hike with his wife and two kids. He also used to have his own band, and has been playing guitar for over 20 years.

We’re really glad he chose Marshall, first as a student, and now as a professor.