Kathy was raised in Trumbull, Connecticut. She earned her B.A. from Emmanuel College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Kathy taught writing at Yale University from 1990 to 1997, and she was the Writing Tutor and Resident Fellow of Morse College at Yale for two of those years. She is currently Professor of English at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Kathy was named Kresge Fellow in the Literary Arts in 2012 for her creative nonfiction writing.