Miriam Katin was born in Hungary. Her father was a soldier in the Hungarian Army during World War II. Miriam Katin and her family left Hungary for Israel after the Uprising of 1956, and moved to the USA in 1963. She often uses her memories of the Russian occupation in the 1950s for her comics.
She has published her work in magazines like Monkey Suit and Drawn & Quarterly, where it gained a lot of acclaim. She is also an illustrator of children's books. In 2006, Drawn & Quarterly published her first graphic novel, the Holocaust-themed 'We Are On Our Own'. She continued in the same genre with her next graphic novel, 'Letting It Go', in 2013.