Ex-Spec Po Presents 13 Faces of Eve by Maxima Kahn
Poetics: I believe all art is an experiment, regardless of style. My art-making in multiple media—writing, music, dance—is informed by a love of improvisation, play, experimentation, wildness, and by the interplay of questions and ideas with felt experience. I’m obsessed with beauty, wherever we may find it or however we might make it, and I prefer to leave open-endness on the page, rather than to lay out everything for the reader. I try on many voices, styles and forms in my work, tending most strongly toward the lyrical. I do rely heavily on freewriting and free association, as well as a number of game-like practices, to provoke the most imaginative and true work I can muster. My work seeks to mirror how life is experienced internally, at least by me, which I find to be largely non-linear and non-narrative.
BIO: Maxima Kahn lives in the Sierra Nevada in California. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Sweet, Citron Review, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Borderlands, Left Curve, Slant and Spillway, among others. She has twice been nominated for Best of the Net, was a finalist for the Atlanta Review poetry prize, and has received fellowships and scholarships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Maxima teaches artists and dreamers how to unlock their full creative potential and realize their life dreams, and blogs about creativity and soulful living at BrilliantPlayground.com. You can follow her poetry and creative process at Patreon.com/maximakahn. In addition to writing, she is an award-winning composer, avant-garde violinist and a dancer.