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

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 recently defended a Master’s paper 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.