Orma McCormick was a poet and an amateur press publisher.
Her first publishing endeavor was the science fiction poetry publication called Starlanes, subtitled , "The International Quarterly of Science Fiction Poetry", co-edited with Nan Gerding. It was published from January 1951 till December 1961, and 40 issues were released during that time. Writers who appeared in the fanzine included Joseph Payne Brennan, John Brunner, Lin Carter, Philip Jose Farmer, Lilith Lorraine, Edith Ogutsch, Robert Silverbert, Lewis Turco, and many others.
In the 1950s, McCormick was also the poetry editor of Ray C. Higgs' fanzine Arion.
McCormick was named the Poet Laureate of the National Fantasy Fan Federation in 1951.
Orma McCormick also contributed to many fanzines, both before and after she released her own publication. Her work, mostly poetry, was featured in issues #3 and #5 of Quandry, and Vol. I #3 and Vol. 1 #4 of Challenge, in the U.S.A., and in Perhaps in Australia, among many others.