On Thursday, May 13th Court Street Gallery (414 Court St.) in Old Town Saginaw will host the debut reading of Jeff Vande Zande's novel and story collection Threatened Species (Whistling Shade, 2010). The novella portrays a father and son who, with limited time together before life changes separate them, take to the Michigan woods.  

Vande Zande has published two previous novels, Into the Desperate Country (March Street Press) and Landscape with Fragmented Figures (Bottom Dog Press).  Also a poet, his verse has appeared in Rattle, Spoon River Poetry Review, College English, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. One of his poems was selected by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser to appear in Kooser's syndicated poetry column, American Life in Poetry. His poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and his most recent collection is Poems New, Used, and Rebuilds (March Street Press). He teaches English at Delta College and maintains a website at

Also reading that night is local poet and author Gina Myers. Myers's first full-length collection of poetry, A Model Year, was published in August 2009 by Coconut Books. She is also the author of four chapbooks, and her work has been published in a variety of places, including LIT, Moria, Ekleksographia, Xantippe, and elsewhere. In addition to writing poetry, she works as the Book Review Editor for NewPages and as the Reviews Editor for H_NGM_N.