Nico Mara-McKay, June 2016My name is Nico Mara-McKay, and I’m a Toronto-based freelance writer, editor, and poet.

I specialize in arts and culture topics, particularly books and literary culture, music, video games, art, and indie culture.

I like hats, monsters, and the Oxford comma. Sometimes I write about these things.

My work has appeared in print in Broken PencilPoetry is Dead, and Quill & Quire; online in Shameless, She Does the City, and xoJane; and my poetry has been published in more than a dozen journals.

I’ve written for the Web since 1996 and currently serve as the editor-in-chief for Spiral Nature. I volunteer as a Web Admin for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, and ran a links column on their blog. Previously I was a columnist for The National Monitor, She Does the City, Technologr, Tarot World Magazine, editor of Plutonica.net, and a category editor for Dmoz.org.

Recent Writing


Literary Criticism & Reviews


I’m currently shopping around my first poetry manuscript If you’re interested, I’d love to hear from you.

Professional Organizations

I’m a member of the following media and writing organizations:

  • Canadian Media Guild, Member since 2014
  • Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, Member since 2012
  • Professional Writers Association of Canada, Professional Member since 2013
  • Toronto Freelance Editors and Writers, Member since 2013

Writer for Hire

I’d love to write for you! Please get in touch.