Mary Morgan Smith was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. She grew up listening to the tall tales of her grandfather's youth in Pittsburgh in the late 19th century and to her mother's stories about life in a large family during the Depression. She began telling stories professionally over 25 years ago as a library storyteller for Prince George's County (MD) Memorial Library System. Many of her stories are drawn from books and traditional tales.
Mary Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in Art History with an emphasis on ancient Egypt from the University of Memphis.
She is a member of the National Storytelling Network.
Executive director, talent coordinator and founding member of the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival
Co-chair for the National Storytelling Conference, 2006
As a member of the American Library Association, she served on the 1992 Caldecott Award Committee.