Nico Mara-McKay, June 2017My name is Nico Mara-McKay, and I’m a Toronto-based writer, editor, and critic.

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

I currently serve as the editor-in-chief for Spiral Nature Magazine and the copyeditor for Broken Pencil Magazine, and my work has appeared in Broken PencilPoetry is DeadQuill & Quire, among other places.

However, at the moment I’m completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, a double major in Historical Studies and Art History, with a minor in History of Religions. (I really like history.)

In the fall of 2019, I will be beginning my Master’s at the University of Guelph as a part of the Tri-Unviersity Graduate Program in History.

My research interests are centred on queer identities in late medieval and early modern Europe. I also have an interest in visual and material culture, particularly as it relates to these periods.

Nerd. I know, right?


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.

Spiral Nature is looking for an assistant editor

The assistant editor will support the editor, liaise with writers to ensure they’re on deadline and communicate feedback.


Paper published in the Prandium Journal

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

Articles in The Medium

I’ve written a few articles for The Medium.

Review of Station Eleven in This Magazine

My very brief review of Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel can be found in the January/February 2015 issue of This Magazine.


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.

See me at the ARS Conference

I will be presenting my paper, “Katherina Hetzeldorfer and the Consequences of a Woman Living as a Heterosexual Man in Fifteenth-Century Germany,” at the fourth annual Conference by the Association of Renaissance Studies.