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 twenty-five 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 T.A. 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 wife of a full-time writer, the mother of a teenager and two dogs, and an irregularly frequent 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 co-edited with Jim The SFWA European Hall of Fame (Tor, 2007).