I am Nico Mara-McKay (they/them) and I am a historian, writer, and editor.
In 2023, I started Ephemeral Record, a Patreon that builds on my academic work and shares trans and queer histories in an accessible way. The Patreon is free to subscribe, but there will be occasional articles that will be paywalled, as this is a source of income for me.
I have been writing and editing professionally since 2010, and in that time I have copyedited print and digital magazines, managed freelancers, assessed pitches, assigned stories, scheduled content, and developed an in-house style guide and lexicon for two magazines.
Interested in working together? Please get in touch.
What I do
My academic work has appeared in the Journal of History, and my nonacademic work has appeared in Art/iculation Magazine, Broken Pencil Magazine, Quill & Quire, This Magazine, among other places. For more, see my select publication history.
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.
I’ve been involved in curating several exhibitions, including Illuminating Life: Manuscript Pages of the Middle Ages (Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph, 2020) and Between (Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, 2018) and was the sole curator for Genderqueer in Canada (The ArQuives, Toronto, 2020).
Icons provided by Creative Stall, Milinda Courey, and ArmOkay, all from the Noun Project.