Katina Papa was born in the village of Giannitsates, Epirus, Greece, which is now part of southern Albania. She studied literature at the University of Athens. She taught secondary education on the island of Corfu and in Athens. Her first work Ste sykamia apokoto ("Under the Mulberry Tree"), a collection of stories on youthful female innocence, received the Academy of Athens Award in 1935. Her works have been translated into German, Dutch and Romanian. Her last collection, S’ena gymnasio theleon ("At a Girl’s High School") was partly inspired by her own experiences as a teacher, and was published posthumously in 1963.