Kathryn Smith Morrow is a charter member of the Penn State Science Fiction Society, founded in 1969—the year she attended her first convention, a Philcon. Despite having earned a writing degree from Penn State, where Phil Klass/William Tenn was her academic advisor, and doing occasional freelance journalism and editing, she has not quite managed to publish any SF thus far. However, she peddled a great deal of the stuff during her 25-year career as a bookseller, during which she served on the Paracon committee (1980–1984), and on the 1983 and 1986 Worldcon committees. She was also Professor Klass's teaching assistant for his Literature of Science Fiction course in 1981 and again in 1987.

Having involuntarily retired from independent bookselling for the usual reasons (store closed), she is currently multitasking as the partner of a full-time writer. A sometime contributor to The New York Review of Science Fiction, Kathy collaborated with husband Jim in creating online lesson plans for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings for the Houghton Mifflin website in 2004, and coedited with him The SFWA European Hall of Fame (Tor, 2007). She lives with Jim and their three dogs in State College, PA.