Reviews from my readers
Distinctive, honed, vulnerable, musical, courageous, honest, Maxima Kahn’s poems are fully ripened, fully considered—each one ready to drop richly into the hand like a subtly contoured fruit. Taste them.
—Annie Finch, author of Spells: New and Selected Poems
Each of these poems is both a prayer and a call to arms, seamlessly crossing the barriers of concrete reality and dizzying imagination.
—Indigo Moor, Sacramento Poet Laureate, author of In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers
Hi, I am Maxima Kahn. I am a writer of poetry, fiction and essays. I’m also an avant-garde violinist, a composer and a dancer. Making art and living an artful life are what I do.
My first full-length book of poems, Fierce Aria, is available now from Finishing Line Press. It is the culmination of ten years of work and explores themes of creation and self-creation, what it means to be human and an artist in our world today.
My poems and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and on popular blogs, have twice been nominated for Best of the Net and been a finalist for the Atlanta Review Poetry Prize.
I have been awarded fellowships and scholarships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. I taught creative writing and poetry at the University of California Davis extension. Now I teach and blog about creativity and artful, soulful living at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can find out more about me and my wild life here.
To your passionate creative life,
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Coastside Poetry Video
What a night! I had a marvelous time being the featured poet on the Coastside Poetry Series and listening to the excellent open mic that followed. So many great voices. […]
Poem in Briar Cliff Review
I am honored to have my poem “Developing” in the gorgeous new issue (volume 34) of The Briar Cliff Review. This is a print journal that features many excellent poets […]
Coastside Poetry Reading
I am excited to be the featured reader on the Coastside Poetry Reading series on June 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm PACIFIC TIME. This is live, online on Zoom […]
Freedom to Write
I am offering my popular 8-week Freedom to Write Creative Writing Workshop for writers of all kinds and at all levels of experience. The workshop begins Wednesday, June 29 and […]
Samhain Witchy Poetry Reading
A rich, varied, earthy, witchy poetry reading in honor of Samhain, featuring a wealth of poetic voices, including Maxima Kahn and Annie Finch and many others. Click the image below […]