Kylie Louise McCormick

Have pen, will travel. Digital humanist on display. Historian for hire. Purveyor of words. Please read for book reviews, short musings on data and the currency of knowledge, poetry, short stories, essays, career updates.

Book Review: Inventing History in the American West

I first met Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard at a tea party. Not one that either of us actually attended, mind you. In fact, it is highly questionable the event ever took place, yet, it was this tea party that earned her my ire. The tea party in question would have taken place about 145 years …

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Neighbors

Time for another piece from my writing folder–or in this case, notebook/memory.  I wrote this short poem sometime between 2006 and 2008 after my neighbor replaced their grass with pink yard gravel. It has stuck in my brain all these years because it speaks to my philosophical take that humans are human. People are going …

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Networks of Women: Making A Generation

On the evening of October 1, 2009, I sat entranced alongside my friends while Elaine Showalter imparted some special advice for her talk at the all women’s university. It would stick with me the rest of my life as a writer: be arrogant, cocky, and if you connect with another woman call yourselves a generation. …

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Stomp Dog

The Casper Humanities Festival kicked off Tuesday evening with a book club discussion of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The story has been a favorite of mine since I first read it in college. I have long admired Gilman’s ability to enact social change with such a creative and captivating story. Who knew …

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For the Trees

In the spirit of the recent holiday (Tu B’Shvat), my personal writing post today honors the trees. I wrote most of these poems nestled in the Blueridge Mountains and surrounded by the trees of Virginia. These poems were not written for any of those trees in particular. No, each poem was written for a different …

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“Our Buffalo”

Buffalo, Wyoming has the unique claim as the birthplace of the Wyoming State Flag and its designer, Verna Keays Keyes. The Bighorn Mountains stand in the backdrop of this photo, Verna’s hometown of Buffalo nestled in its foothills. Verna grew up exploring, riding, and hiking near Clear Creek and the Bighorns. She fostered a love …

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