This 11th annual international SWAN Day is set for Saturday, March 31, and {elbow room} will mark it with a special evening of readings led by acclaimed Maine playwright Carol Gage at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

SWAN stands for Support Women Artists Now Day. The long-term goal of SWAN Day, according to its cofounder Martha Richards, is to inspire communities to recognize and support female artists “as a basic element of civic planning.” The annual event is facilitated by WomenArts and takes place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month (March) and/or the surrounding weeks. For more information about SWAN Day events happening around the world, visit

The Belfast event is titled "The Secret Lives of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Rachel Carson." The diaries, poems, letters and other writings of these Maine writers have provided inspiration for Gage, who focuses on their secret lesbian lives. Gage will perform dramatic readings of excerpts from their letters and writings, with additional performances by Kathryn Robyn, Katharine Turok and Catherine Buxton.

{elbow room} is a co-production with Waterfall Arts, and donations will be welcomed to benefit the nonprofit community arts center. The 7 p.m. performance will be followed by discussion. This event includes adult content and is not suitable for children or teens. For more information, visit

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