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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  • Read Selected Poems and Essays here
  • Watch and listen to Performances and Interviews here
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Creative Sparks

9 Excellent Reasons to Make Art

9 Excellent Reasons to Make Art

Making art is a profoundly good thing to do with your time. It makes our world a better place. Yet almost all artists struggle with doubt about whether what they are doing is worthwhile. Many of us have also been told that when we are making art, we're doing something...

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On Generosity: Sacred Key to Abundance and Joy

On Generosity: Sacred Key to Abundance and Joy

At the start of 2020, I chose generosity as my word of the year, not knowing consciously what we were in for globally that year. Or rather, the word chose me. I started this essay back then, exploring how generosity can enlarge me as an artist and human being, and I...

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Make Your Art in Ten Minutes a Day

Make Your Art in Ten Minutes a Day

In January, I decided to take on the challenge of writing every day for ten minutes for a month. My creative schedule for years has been four days a week for two or more hours at a time. I keep this schedule religiously, and it works well for me. So, why did I take on...

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