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Rescheduled: Our Red Book

March 28, 2023

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Bard Theater and Performance Department, Written Arts, and the OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts at Bard present:

A reading of Our Red Book, a collection of essays, oral histories, and artworks about periods across all stages of life, gathered by the New York Times best-selling author Rachel Kauder Nalebuff.

“Powerful…. Bold and candid, these missives go a long way in breaking through what one contributor calls ‘the taboo of bleeding.’”—Publishers Weekly.

This event will include a panel discussion amongst Rachel Kauder Nalebuff and contributing writers Somah Haaland, Victoria Law, and Daaimah Mubashshir.

Copies of the book will be available for sale in the lobby from Oblong Books.

About the Book

After hearing a harrowing coming-of-age story from her great aunt, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff started gathering stories about menstruation in her family that had never been told. What began as an oral history project quickly snowballed: Rachel heard from family and friends, and then from strangers—writers, experts, community leaders, activists, young people, and other visionaries—about the most intimate physical transformations in their lives.

Our Red Book takes us through stories of first periods, last periods, missing periods, and everything about bleeding that people wish they had been told. Weaving together powerful voices—from teenagers, midwives, Indigenous scholars, Olympic athletes, incarcerated writers, disoriented fathers, elected leaders who fought to make period products free, friends transitioning genders, grandmothers, and lovers—the book invites us on a collective journey of growth and change, with Rachel’s own voice as a guide.

The result is a people’s history of menstruation, told through an array of perspectives and identities that span the globe. Gathered over twenty years, the collection takes stock of our shifting relationships to family, cultural inheritance, gender, aging, and liberation.


Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is a writer working at the intersection of oral history, performance, and public health. Her newest book is Our Red Book (Simon & Schuster, 2022). She is the author of Stages: on Dying, Working, and Feeling (Thick Press, 2020); coeditor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press, 2015); and the editor of the New York Times bestselling My Little Red Book (Twelve Books, 2009). She teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University.

Somah Haaland is a queer Indigenous artist and community organizer from the Pueblos of Laguna and Jemez in New Mexico who currently resides in New York City.

Victoria Law is a freelance journalist and author focusing on women’s incarceration. Her books include Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reform, and “Prisons Make Us Safer” & 20 Other Myths About Mass Incarceration. You can find more of her work at

Daaimah Mubashshir is Bard’s Playwright-in-Residence. Her work has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, and 3 Hole Press. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2021 PlayCo Residency for Black Women Theatre Makers; 2020–22 WP Theater Lab Fellowship; 2019-22 Core Writer Fellowship (Playwrights Center, Minnesota), an Audrey Residency (New Georges), MacDowell Fellowship, and Foundation of Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

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