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
  • Read my latest blog posts and news here

Creative Sparks

Make Your Mark as an Artist!

Make Your Mark as an Artist!

I’ve come across this term “making marks” quite a few times recently as I’ve been dabbling more in the world of two-dimensional visual art. I’ve told you about my occasional forays this year into illustrated journaling, which has provided a fun and helpful entry point...

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Power and Beauty, Connection and Purpose

Power and Beauty, Connection and Purpose

The Sierra Poetry Festival was spectacular. The power and beauty of this offering blows me away. People pour their hearts and souls openly and with great care and artistry into words, sharing vulnerably their wisdom, their fears and failings, their faith and hope,...

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