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

My work has  appeared in Art/iculation MagazineThis MagazineQuill & Quire, among other places, and I am the copy editor for Broken Pencil Magazine. For more, see my select publication history.

I’m completing a Master’s in History at the University of Guelph. My current research is centred on gender and sexuality in late medieval western 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.


See me at the CSM 2020 annual meeting

I will present my paper “Patient Women: Surgical Instruments in the Treatment of Medieval Women’s Diseases” at the Canadian Society of Medievalists’ meeting.

See me at the CSHPS-SCHPS 2020 annual meeting

I will present my paper “Maladies of the Matrix: On the Treatment of Women in Guy de Chauliac’s Chirurgia Magna” at the CSHPS annual conference.

Illuminating Life exhibition launch

Illuminating Life: Manuscript Pages of the Middle Ages is an exhibition of medieval manuscripts and early printed books from 12 March through 12 May 2020.