Kelly Plante is an essayist, editor and PhD candidate specializing in auto/biographical writing and the evolution of fiction and nonfiction in eighteenth-century transatlantic literature. Plante holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA 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.