My  Art

I’m Maxima Kahn


Maxima Kahn is a writer of poetry, essays, and fiction. Her debut collection of poems, Fierce Aria, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020 and was a finalist for an Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals, including The Los Angeles Review, The Louisville Review, Wisconsin Review, Euphony, Sweet, Poem and many others, and on popular blogs such as Tiny Buddha, The Creative Penn, Positively Positive and The Startup. She has twice been nominated for Best of the Net, has been a National Merit Award winner and a finalist for the Atlanta Review poetry contest, and has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center. 

Her popular workshops and her creative life coaching have helped hundreds of artists of every kind to unleash their creative gifts, realize their aspirations, and create lives of passion, purpose, and deep play. She has been teaching since 2004, formerly at the University of California, Davis extension, and currently through Brilliant Playground, which she founded. She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer, a dancer, and an initiated firekeeper. Find out more at

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  • Purchase Fierce Aria here
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  • Read Selected Poems and Essays here
  • Watch and listen to Performances and Interviews here
  • Find upcoming (and past) Performances, Readings and other Events here
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Creative Sparks

What’s Inspiring Me Now 9.15.23

What’s Inspiring Me Now 9.15.23

Don and I watched a gorgeous and incredibly moving and inspiring film called Pride. It’s about a small group of gay and lesbian activists in the UK, deciding to support Welsh miners who were on strike. So beautifully acted, scripted, directed. It’s a testament to the...

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Training Like a Spiritual Warrior For Your Art

Training Like a Spiritual Warrior For Your Art

I've been thinking about how artists need to train like warriors. Or like athletes. Or like monks. I was inspired by one of Steven Pressfield’s excellent posts ( If we want to become the best artists we can...

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