Pages 21-24 from Make—a graphic poetic sequence exploring the reality of “the page under the page”—will soon be featured by Ecotone, the literary magazine dedicated to reimagining place. To learn more about the magazine follow the link below:


On April 14th MURAL SPEAKS! rolls into Harvard Square:

On May 3rd I will be shaking the branches at Arnold Arboretum:

Follow that Fragrance! Chasing Lilac History

Ben Miller, Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Team Lilac

Location: Hunnewell Building

White lilacs and Rachmaninov are connected how? What villainous role did lilac blooms play on the old “Batman” TV show? Can you name the Walt Whitman lilac poem not addressing President Lincoln’s assassination? This year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, fellow Ben Miller and four Harvard College research partners (Theodore Delwiche ‘17, Sarah Blatt-Herold ‘18, Christine Legros ‘17, Ian Van Wye ‘17) have been harvesting material for a book-length lyric essay about the lilac aura, and ways it has filtered through their own lives and cultures around the globe. In this lively program, “Team Lilac” will present an array of poems, songs, monologues and visual art celebrating the lavish, mysterious, and ever-enduring charisma of Syringa vulgaris.


On November 12, 2014, I’ll be delivering a public presentation of my work at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. For more information, click on the link below:

“To locate words that will hint at, and echo, a force of being that is largely inexpressible…”



I recently learned I have been awarded a fellowship for 2014-15 at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Follow this link to learn more about an exciting opportunity:

At the Radcliffe Institute I’ll be developing new nonfiction, as well as pursuing a number of side projects, including research on the cultural significance of lilacs and the live recording of monologues.