My name is Nico Mara-McKay, and I’m a Toronto-based writer, editor, and critic.

I currently serve as the editor-in-chief for Spiral Nature Magazine and the copyeditor for Broken Pencil Magazine.  My work has also appeared in Art/iculation MagazineThis MagazineQuill & Quire, among other places. For more, see my select publication history.

Recently I began my Master’s in History at the University of Guelph. My current research is centred on gender and sexuality in late medieval and early modern Europe. I’ve conducted research projects on more recent queer subjects as well, such as genderqueer and other genders outside the binary in our contemporary moment in Canada for the ArQuives and others. And, for good measure, I’m also interested in visual and material culture, witchcraft, and monsters.

I love giving talks, and I’ve spoken at the Art Gallery of Ontario about the visual history of tarot, Canzine about the history of magical zines, and for the Toronto District School Board about witchy artifacts.

You can find me on, or for a more complete list of my presentations and academic publications, see my curriculum vitae.

Interested in working together? Please get in touch.


Manuscripts in the Curriculum on CTV Kitchener

The University of Guelph is playing host to a nine of medieval manuscripts and texts on loan from…

Going to the University of Guelph in fall 2019

I just accepted the offer from the University of Guelph for Master of Arts program, which is a part of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History.

Garden update

It’s been a while since my last garden update, so I thought I’d share some of the progress its undergone over the past month.


QLT Project digital exhibition is live

The Queer Liberation Theory Project interviews collection is now live in as a digital exhibition hosted on the ArQuives’ website!

New review in Art/icualtion Magazine

The fall 2019 issue of Art/iculation Magazine has been released, and it contains my review of Joshua M. Ferguson’s Me, Myself, They.

Paper published in the Prandium Journal

“Becoming Gendered: Two Medieval Approaches to Intersex Gender Assignment” was published in Prandium: The Journal of Historical Studies.


QLT Project exhibition launch

The Queer Liberation Theory Project digital exhibition launch will take place at The ArQuives on Sunday, 27 October 2019 from 2 to 5 pm.

See me at the ARS Conference

I’m excited to present “English Witch Bottles and the Logic of Counteractive Magic” in session two, which begins at 1 pm at the fifth annual ARS conference.

See me at the Prandium Conference

I will be presenting my paper, “Becoming Gendered: Two Medieval Approaches to Intersex Gender Assignment,” at the second annual Prandium Conference.