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  My name is Daniel Waters. I've spent my entire adult life on Martha's Vineyard, immersed in words and images. This kind and nurturing island has afforded me a multi-threaded existence as a writer, an artist, a printer, a photographer, and occasionally even an amateur musician.

 Martha's Vineyard is a small, tight-knit community that's strangely old-fashioned in at least one important respect: it recognizes and appreciates original home-grown expression. We wouldn't have such a healthy population of eccentrics and independent thinkers if we didn't understand the personal journey and forgive the occasional mistake. In a country that prizes superstardom, our island perversely favors local personages. Our resistance to homogenized mainland entertainment may stem from being surrounded by ocean, our lives bound by something intangible yet coherent. Whatever the reason, I feel immensely lucky to live here.
 I began life as a struggling writer. When editors of literary magazines rejected my work, I bought a printing press and learned to use it. I taught myself linoleum-block printmaking in order to illustrate my words. Over the years one passion reinforced another, eventually coming together as the Indian Hill Press, the happy laboratory in the West Tisbury woods where I continue to conduct my daily experiments. These days those experiments increasingly include film photography.

 I don't, however, apologize for being out of step with the modern world. I write poems that have meter and rhyme. I make prints in a laborious medium that requires a lot of hand-work and antiquated machines. I take my old wooden camera on hikes in the Island's hills and meadows, and develop black-and-white sheet film in the studio sink. I love the self-taught poets and printmakers of centuries past whose work is redolent of its time but has not lost any of its power.

 For many years, the Indian Hill Press was a business run by me and my husband Hal Garneau. We sold books, prints and greeting cards nationally through stores, at the local Artisans Festival, and through this website. We formally closed the business at the end of 2018. Now retired, I keep the Indian Hill Press strictly as a hobby, and this website has become something of a living record of some of the letterpress work I did once upon a time.

 Thanks again for looking me up. The last step in any artistic process is to share one's work with another human!
About the Poet

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Gallery of Prints

The Birth of a Print

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