Martha Southgate received her MFA in fiction from Goddard College. In 1996, her Goddard thesis was published as Another Way to Dance, a young-adult novel which won the Coretta Scott King Genesis Award for Best First Novel. She went on to publish two adult novels: The Fall of Rome (2003), and Third Girl From The Left (2005). She received a 2002 New York Foundation for the Arts grant and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O, Premiere, and Essence.