Martha Southgate

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Martha Southgate (born December 12, 1960)[1] is an African-American novelist and essayist best known for her novel Third Girl from the Left. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O, Premiere, and Essence.[2]

Early life[edit]

Southgate was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Smith College[3] before obtaining an MFA in creative writing from Goddard[4].

Writing career[edit]

Southgate's first novel Another Way to Dance, about a 14-year-old black aspiring ballerina, was published in 1997 by Delacorte Press.[citation needed] For that work she won the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent.[5]

In 2002 she released The Fall of Rome: A Novel, set in a New England college prep school.[citation needed]

Her third novel, Third Girl from the Left, was published in 2005.

Southgate's most recent novel, The Taste of Salt was published in 2011 by Algonquin Books.


In 2013 plans for an adaptation of Southgate's novel Third Girl from the Left were announced. Actresses Kerry Washington and Viola Davis were attached to star.[6]



  1. ^ The U.S. Library of Congress cites for birthdate Cataloging in Publication data submitted in 2002.
      "Southgate, Martha". Library of Congress Authorities ( Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  2. ^ "Martha Southgate: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  3. ^ "An Author's Voice: Interviews with Smith Alumnae Authors « - Smith College Office of Alumnae Relations Smith College Office of Alumnae Relations".
  4. ^ "Martha Southgate". Goddard College. 16 September 2014.
  5. ^ "John Steptoe Award for New Talent". ALA. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  6. ^ Obenson, Tambay A. (June 17, 2013). "Kerry Washington, Viola Davis Set For Adaptation Of Blaxploitation-Set 'Third Girl From The Left'". Indiewire. Retrieved July 20, 2013.

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