About

Maxima Kahn

About Maxima Kahn

Maxima Kahn lives in the Sierra Nevada in California, where she writes poetry, essays and fiction. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals, including The Louisville Review, Wisconsin Review, Euphony, Sweet, Poem and many others, and on popular blogs such as The Creative Penn, Tiny Buddha, Positively Positive and The Startup. She has twice been nominated for Best of the Net, was a finalist for the Atlanta Review poetry contest, and has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Colrain Poetry Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her first full-length collection of poems, Fierce Aria, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer and a dancer. You can follow her writing life at maximakahn.com.

Her popular workshops in poetry, creative writing and the creative process—and her one-on-one creative life coaching—have helped hundreds of people to unleash their creative gifts and create lives of passion, purpose and deep play. She has taught privately since 2004 and formerly at the University of California, Davis Extension.

Maxima blogs about creativity and soulful living and teaches at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can find out more about her classes, workshops and coaching, and also follow her Creative Sparks blog there.

You can join her insider creative community and receive behind-the-scenes access to her writing and creative process, as well as support for your own creative life, at Patreon.com/MaximaKahn.

An invitation from Maxima

I am a poet and artist. Making art is what I live and breathe. It is also my work. If you enjoy what I create and you believe in a world full of art, please consider joining me on Patreon.

You get all kinds of rewards. I share my best and also most vulnerable work there, most of it exclusive to Patreon, and you get to see new stuff long before anyone else.  Plus, it feels good! Try it out and see for yourself.

A wee bit more about my life

I am the child of two philosophy professors, Hilary Putnam and Ruth Anna Putnam, so I grew up asking big questions, delving into the meaning and workings of life. I was also a deeply-feeling and dreamy kid. As a child I created songs, danced, made up plays, made visual art and wrote, sang in a chorus, studied photography and lived in the realm of the imagination. Poetry has been one of my particular loves since I was very young.

I have hitchhiked across country, worked as a diner waitress, built my own home, and generally lived a radical life. As an initiated firekeeper, I have studied indigenous wisdom for decades. I believe in co-creating a world in which all of life is honored and cared for.

The challenges and losses in my life led me to finding deep healing, my spiritual path, and a life-giving relationship with my creativity. All of which eventually led to my teaching and helping others to be fully alive and expressed.

My poems and writing explore and express the wild realms of imagination, emotion and spirit, and the values I seek to uphold, while probing often-unanswerable questions. I seek to give voice to the voiceless, speech to the unsayable, and make the invisible visible, as in the words of the great artist Paul Klee…

“Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible.”