Kelly Plante

Kelly Plante

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PhD Candidate

Criticism Editorial Office
Department of English
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

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Kelly Plante



Kelly Plante is an essayist, editor and Ph.D. candidate specializing in auto/biographical writing and the evolution of fiction and nonfiction in eighteenth-century trans-Atlantic literature. Plante holds a B.A. in English and journalism and an M.A. in English. Her creative nonfiction writing has appeared in the Bear River Review, AFAR Magazine, Detroit-area newspapers and Prometheus Dreaming, among others. Her essay on Eliza Haywood and The Female Spectator won the 2021 American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Graduate Student Research Essay Prize. She is writing her dissertation on gender and necropolitics in eighteenth-century “death writing.” She also enjoys creating digital editions showcasing the work of previously ignored women authors, so their work can be taught and studied. Plante has taught writing and literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, and currently serves as the managing editor of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Creative/literary nonfiction; the essay; writing by and about women; life writing; the history of the self; public humanities; digital archives; long eighteenth-century English literature; obituaries 


  • B.A. in English and Journalism, Honors College at Oakland University; Master of Arts in English, Wayne State University; PhD Candidate, Wayne State University

Awards and grants

  • D. W. Smith Research Fellowship, Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (2021)

  • Graduate Research Paper Prize, American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (2021)

  • Second Place, Literary Nonfiction Contest, Alumni, Oakland University: "Psalm 139" (2020)

  • Third Place, Literary Nonfiction Contest, Alumni, Oakland University: "Pamela" (2018)

  • Honorable Mention, Literary Nonfiction Contest, Alumni, Oakland University: "My Toenail, Myself" (2019)

  • Bear River Writers Conference Competition for Advanced Creative Writing Students at Wayne State University (2019)

  •  Graduate Travel Award, Midwest Modern Language Association (2018)

  •  Graduate Professional Award, Wayne State University Humanities Center (2018)

  •  Graduate Travel Award, Wayne State University English Department (2018)

  •  Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Wayne State University (2017) 

  •  Award of Excellence, U.S. Marine Corps (2017)

  •  Influential Leadership for Aspiring Leaders, U.S. Marine Corps (2016)

Courses taught

  • ENG 3120, English Literature after 1700
  • ENG 3060, Technical Writing II: Presentations
  • ENG 3050, Technical Writing I: Reports
  • ENG 1020, Introduction to College Writing

Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

  • Nearly 15 years' experience in the field of technical writing, editing, product/project management and team leadership in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps (civilian)
  • 4 years' experience as a regular contributing writer for Real Detroit Weekly and The Oakland Press
  • freelance writer/editor
  • graphic/web design and coding (XML, XHTML, CSS)