Martha Southgate

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Martha Southgate 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

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

Writing career[edit]

Southgate's first novel Another Way to Dance, about a 14-year-old black aspiring ballerina, was published in 1997 by Delacourte and won the Coretta Scott King Award for New Talent.[2]

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

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.[3]



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