In-Person Book Signing of debut poetry collection with David Van Den Berg




Come join us and meet author David Van Den Berg at Writer's Block Bookstore in Winter Park as we celebrate the launch of Love Letters From an Arsonist!

This event is free for all to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged. You can let us know you're coming, and pre-purchase a signed and personalized copy of Love Letters from an Arsonist. All copies of Love Letters from an Arsonist to be signed at the event need to be purchased through Writer's Block Bookstore.

If you cannot attend the event but would like a signed copy, please follow the link here, and add in the notes you would like a signed copy.


Down in Florida the land drips in a sweltering haze. The people scream in a grotesque holler. David van den Berg's collection sings the land and people of these cryptid southern wastes in a monumental triumph of a rural voice that demands recognition in a world too often ignorant of how rural life is the breeding ground for a true and honest look at humanity's victories, shortcomings, and battles with life, death, and a silent God. Sometimes calling on the likes of Greek mythology, sometimes giving voice to Grandma Voodoo, Brer Rabbit, and warnings of a dog who only loves you at dinner, van den Berg, here, raises the stakes of a new southern voice, and ultimately, burns and triumphs.


David van den Berg grew up hunting and fishing in the Florida swamps. He studied anthropology, religion, and archaeology at Rollins College before moving to Los Angeles to work as an actor. He has a J.D. and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Loyola Law School. He’s the founder of Prometheus Dreaming (@promethesudreamingmag), a digital literary journal. His poetry has recently appeared in Saw Palm, Rappahannock Review, Yemasse, South85, Poetry South, The Ilanot Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Waxing & Waning, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Love Letters from an Arsonist, was a finalist in the 2020 Kallisto Gaia Press Contemporary Chapbook Competition. His poem “the ghost of all things” was nominated for the 2021 Best of the Net prize.


Born and raised in Florida, Laura van den Berg is the author of five works of fiction, including The Third Hotel, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best Fiction Books of 2020. She is the recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Strauss Livings Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, & a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her next novel, Florida Diary, is forthcoming from FSG.