Maxima Kahn

is creating magic through poems, essays, music, dance and more

45

patrons

$296

per month

Thank you for finding your way here!

In my heart and soul I am an artist. I have been obsessed with making art and the creative process my whole life. And if I don't do it for even a few weeks at a time, I start to feel very, very bad indeed.

I am a poet and writer, dancer and musician and teacher of creativity. I seek to bring beauty and truth, wonder and imagination, play and connection into the world through my art. As a teacher and coach, I help artists of all kinds to unleash their creativity and realize their dreams through steps both practical and magical.

I'm eager to share all that with you.


As a patron of mine, you'll get intimate, first-look access to my creations and stories about the journey of creating them and getting them out in the world. You'll get to see works-in-progress and my revision process. I'll share creative tools, ideas and ways to realize your own dreams with you. You’ll even get to give input at vital points along the journey. And you'll get a bunch of other extremely cool bonuses, which you can see when you press the Become a Patron button.

Read on or just become a patron now and start reaping the rewards!

What do I create?

Writing: I write poems and essays that have been published in numerous literary magazines and on popular blog sites. I also write my own blog on creativity and artful, soulful living.

Lately, I am working on a book on how to ignite and sustain the fires of a creative life, which is one of my areas of expertise. My full-length collection of poems, Fierce Aria, is  forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in Spring 2020—hurray!—and I am already at work on another collection of poems.

I also have a couple of novels-in-progress, on hold right now.

When you become a patron, you'll learn about these projects and get to support their birth into the world.

Music: I am an award-winning composer and avant-garde violinist. These days I sometimes create and play music with my amazing music partner, Randy McKean, as the duo Sawbones.

Dance: I have met nearly every week for over 18 years with a small, devoted group of dancers. As the troupe Shadow Cabinet, we create semi-improvisational dance-theater performances with live music.

I'm at my best when I'm creating most. And that's where you come in.


Win Win

Society needs its artists to be trailblazers, way-showers, to make human life navigable and inspiring, to remind us of what matters most. To bring wonder, awe, provoke us and guide us to feel and experience more deeply, richly, fully.

Artists need to eat, to have a roof overhead, and time and space to create.

Since I write poems and make avant-garde music and dance, the money has not exactly come flooding in every time I contribute a little gem of beauty, truth, inspiration or grace to our world. My last dance performance earned me $46. That doesn't even begin to cover the weekly cost of studio rental for our rehearsals.

I've lived most of my adult life with a heavy dose of financial challenge, as I've tried to salvage as much time as possible to make my art. But the demands of making a living often rob me of so much time and energy I could put to great use creating remarkable things.

Now I have reached a vital turning point. I need to devote myself to creating the best work I can and getting my work out in the world!

To do this, I need a source of steady income (my teaching income has been insufficient and unpredictable), so I can make the beautiful, astonishing things that want to flow through me.

Our world is in dire need of the best that each of us can give. But I can't do that alone. No artist can.

If you support me here, I can avoid imploding, which would be messy.

In the End, the Love You Take Is Equal to the Love You Make

You will be making a big difference by joining my merry band o' art-lovers here.

More creations will flow into our world, upsetting the power balance of the power mongers, who aren't very fond of values like compassion, generosity, integrity, heart, soul, wisdom, beauty and wildness—the very values my art upholds and seeks to bring forth. You'll get the amazing boost of juicy goodness from knowing that you had a hand in these creations being born.

But that's not all. . .


Immense waves of gratitude will immediately start winging their way to you, along with poems, essays, beauty, inspiration, guidance and tools you can use to foster your own creative life.

You can be a part of my creative tribe for as little as $3 a month (the price of a coffee these days).

What goes around comes around

For the past bazillion years I have donated over 10% of my gross (before taxes and expenses) income to charities, including a combination of social justice, environmental and arts causes.

I donate because I know the money I receive comes from Source. It is a blessing and a gift and is meant to flow where it's needed. It feels incredibly good to be a part of that flow of giving and receiving, and it promotes right relationship with money.

I want to invite you to step into the flow more fully by becoming one of my patrons, and see how it can bless your life.

To a world of art!

Love, big thanks and magic to you,
Maxima

P.S. You can find my teaching work, my fabulous blog Creative Sparks, and a handful of older poems at my website, BrilliantPlayground.com. My "author" website is coming soon.
Tiers
IMAGINATION
$3 or more per month

You are a beautiful, extraordinary being. You get:

  • My love and deep gratitude.
  • Access to my patron-only posts, featuring an insider look at my creative process and journey.
  • First access to my new creations
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are bringing forth art into our world and contributing to a world where artists are valued for their contributions.
INSPIRATION
$6 or more per month

You are a light in our world and an inspiration to me and others. You get all of the above benefits plus:

  • A creative "prompt," tool or suggestion once a month to inspire your own fertile imagination and creative life. These will include things to try and ways to keep your creativity flowing.
  • An extra juicy shot of poetic magic. Tune in and you'll feel it. 
PLAY
$9 or more per month

You are a priceless creation. You get all of the above benefits, plus:                     

  • E-book of my writings published during the year. I'll compile these in a beautiful, illustrated e-book once a year and send it to you. (And if you want any piece as an individual PDF to print, share, post on your fridge, just message me and I'll send it.)
  • A signed copy of my limited-edition chapbook of poems, What the Flowers Know, while supplies last. (Only 4 copies left!)
WONDER
$18 or more per month

You are a miracle of being. You get all of the above benefits, plus:

  • A signed copy of my brand-new book of poems, Fierce Aria, due out in Spring 2020!
  • Send a question about your own creative life once a month and I'll answer it. Get help with your challenges and decisions.
BEAUTY
$27 or more per month

You are radiant. You get all of the above benefits, plus:

  • A signed copy of any book of mine that gets published, including Fierce Aria in Spring 2020. 
  • Written feedback on your art once a month—one poem, song, painting, art piece or up to 2000 words of prose. Send it to me with your questions and I'll email you my feedback.
GRACE
$90 or more per month only 12 left

If you exist, you are amazing and generous beyond words. You rock my world. You get ALL of the above benefits, plus:

  • Once a month, 50-minute mentoring or chat session to use as you wish. Via video conferencing or phone, just you and me. You can use this for life coaching/creativity coaching on your creative projects, goals, life dreams and challenges, or for on-the-spot editing feedback on your writing or just to chat. (You don't have to use this benefit, if you don't want.)
  • A one-of-a-kind collage of mine mailed to you.
  • One poem dedicated to you, with your name on it wherever it goes in the world (unless you wish to be anonymous).
  • My undying gratitude!
Goals
45 of 50 patrons
This is my first goal and I would be absolutely thrilled to reach it! This will provide needed funds to work with editors on my upcoming books and works-in-progress. Of course, you'll be the first to hear what I learn in that process.
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Thank you for finding your way here!

In my heart and soul I am an artist. I have been obsessed with making art and the creative process my whole life. And if I don't do it for even a few weeks at a time, I start to feel very, very bad indeed.

I am a poet and writer, dancer and musician and teacher of creativity. I seek to bring beauty and truth, wonder and imagination, play and connection into the world through my art. As a teacher and coach, I help artists of all kinds to unleash their creativity and realize their dreams through steps both practical and magical.

I'm eager to share all that with you.


As a patron of mine, you'll get intimate, first-look access to my creations and stories about the journey of creating them and getting them out in the world. You'll get to see works-in-progress and my revision process. I'll share creative tools, ideas and ways to realize your own dreams with you. You’ll even get to give input at vital points along the journey. And you'll get a bunch of other extremely cool bonuses, which you can see when you press the Become a Patron button.

Read on or just become a patron now and start reaping the rewards!

What do I create?

Writing: I write poems and essays that have been published in numerous literary magazines and on popular blog sites. I also write my own blog on creativity and artful, soulful living.

Lately, I am working on a book on how to ignite and sustain the fires of a creative life, which is one of my areas of expertise. My full-length collection of poems, Fierce Aria, is  forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in Spring 2020—hurray!—and I am already at work on another collection of poems.

I also have a couple of novels-in-progress, on hold right now.

When you become a patron, you'll learn about these projects and get to support their birth into the world.

Music: I am an award-winning composer and avant-garde violinist. These days I sometimes create and play music with my amazing music partner, Randy McKean, as the duo Sawbones.

Dance: I have met nearly every week for over 18 years with a small, devoted group of dancers. As the troupe Shadow Cabinet, we create semi-improvisational dance-theater performances with live music.

I'm at my best when I'm creating most. And that's where you come in.


Win Win

Society needs its artists to be trailblazers, way-showers, to make human life navigable and inspiring, to remind us of what matters most. To bring wonder, awe, provoke us and guide us to feel and experience more deeply, richly, fully.

Artists need to eat, to have a roof overhead, and time and space to create.

Since I write poems and make avant-garde music and dance, the money has not exactly come flooding in every time I contribute a little gem of beauty, truth, inspiration or grace to our world. My last dance performance earned me $46. That doesn't even begin to cover the weekly cost of studio rental for our rehearsals.

I've lived most of my adult life with a heavy dose of financial challenge, as I've tried to salvage as much time as possible to make my art. But the demands of making a living often rob me of so much time and energy I could put to great use creating remarkable things.

Now I have reached a vital turning point. I need to devote myself to creating the best work I can and getting my work out in the world!

To do this, I need a source of steady income (my teaching income has been insufficient and unpredictable), so I can make the beautiful, astonishing things that want to flow through me.

Our world is in dire need of the best that each of us can give. But I can't do that alone. No artist can.

If you support me here, I can avoid imploding, which would be messy.

In the End, the Love You Take Is Equal to the Love You Make

You will be making a big difference by joining my merry band o' art-lovers here.

More creations will flow into our world, upsetting the power balance of the power mongers, who aren't very fond of values like compassion, generosity, integrity, heart, soul, wisdom, beauty and wildness—the very values my art upholds and seeks to bring forth. You'll get the amazing boost of juicy goodness from knowing that you had a hand in these creations being born.

But that's not all. . .


Immense waves of gratitude will immediately start winging their way to you, along with poems, essays, beauty, inspiration, guidance and tools you can use to foster your own creative life.

You can be a part of my creative tribe for as little as $3 a month (the price of a coffee these days).

What goes around comes around

For the past bazillion years I have donated over 10% of my gross (before taxes and expenses) income to charities, including a combination of social justice, environmental and arts causes.

I donate because I know the money I receive comes from Source. It is a blessing and a gift and is meant to flow where it's needed. It feels incredibly good to be a part of that flow of giving and receiving, and it promotes right relationship with money.

I want to invite you to step into the flow more fully by becoming one of my patrons, and see how it can bless your life.

To a world of art!

Love, big thanks and magic to you,
Maxima

P.S. You can find my teaching work, my fabulous blog Creative Sparks, and a handful of older poems at my website, BrilliantPlayground.com. My "author" website is coming soon.

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Tiers
IMAGINATION
$3 or more per month

You are a beautiful, extraordinary being. You get:

  • My love and deep gratitude.
  • Access to my patron-only posts, featuring an insider look at my creative process and journey.
  • First access to my new creations
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are bringing forth art into our world and contributing to a world where artists are valued for their contributions.
INSPIRATION
$6 or more per month

You are a light in our world and an inspiration to me and others. You get all of the above benefits plus:

  • A creative "prompt," tool or suggestion once a month to inspire your own fertile imagination and creative life. These will include things to try and ways to keep your creativity flowing.
  • An extra juicy shot of poetic magic. Tune in and you'll feel it. 
PLAY
$9 or more per month

You are a priceless creation. You get all of the above benefits, plus:                     

  • E-book of my writings published during the year. I'll compile these in a beautiful, illustrated e-book once a year and send it to you. (And if you want any piece as an individual PDF to print, share, post on your fridge, just message me and I'll send it.)
  • A signed copy of my limited-edition chapbook of poems, What the Flowers Know, while supplies last. (Only 4 copies left!)
WONDER
$18 or more per month

You are a miracle of being. You get all of the above benefits, plus:

  • A signed copy of my brand-new book of poems, Fierce Aria, due out in Spring 2020!
  • Send a question about your own creative life once a month and I'll answer it. Get help with your challenges and decisions.
BEAUTY
$27 or more per month

You are radiant. You get all of the above benefits, plus:

  • A signed copy of any book of mine that gets published, including Fierce Aria in Spring 2020. 
  • Written feedback on your art once a month—one poem, song, painting, art piece or up to 2000 words of prose. Send it to me with your questions and I'll email you my feedback.
GRACE
$90 or more per month only 12 left

If you exist, you are amazing and generous beyond words. You rock my world. You get ALL of the above benefits, plus:

  • Once a month, 50-minute mentoring or chat session to use as you wish. Via video conferencing or phone, just you and me. You can use this for life coaching/creativity coaching on your creative projects, goals, life dreams and challenges, or for on-the-spot editing feedback on your writing or just to chat. (You don't have to use this benefit, if you don't want.)
  • A one-of-a-kind collage of mine mailed to you.
  • One poem dedicated to you, with your name on it wherever it goes in the world (unless you wish to be anonymous).
  • My undying gratitude!