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David Koehn

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David Koehn is an American poet, university teacher, and technology entrepreneur. He is primarily known for founding the incubator known as the Batchery [1] [2]. The Batchery has run over 120 companies through its program, including companies like Joytops, Gryphon Online Safety, and GolfKicks.

Koehn is also a poet and his work is described by the infamous critic Judith Kitchen, in her review of his work in the Georgia Review, as "fascinated by scientific phenomena" and "illuminated—and complicated—by invention." [3]


  • Bachelor's Degree in Creative and Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University; 1987–1990. He studied abroad for one year in Heidelberg, Germany while he was at Carnegie Mellon.
  • Middlebury College's Breadloaf School of English; Annenberg Fellow, BSE, 1996-1997
  • MA in Education from the University of Alaska
  • MFA in English from the University of Florida


Koehn has taught at several universities and colleges:

  • Eastern Oregon State College- Adjunct Professor; 1993-1994
  • University of Alaska - Artic Sivunmun Ilisagvik College- Adjunct Professor; 1995-1996
  • In Japan, as a part of a teacher exchange program that taught English; May 1996 - June 1996
    • Seven schools in Japan on the northern island of Hokkaido in the Akaigawa region.
  • University of Florida - Instructor; 1990 - 1992
  • San Francisco State University; 1999 - 2000
  • Blue Mountain Community College

Koehn also taught high school in Alaska, at Barrow and Bethel region. He was a member of the Breadloaf Teacher Network [4] wherein he was awarded an Annenberg Fellowship at Middlebury College's Breadloaf School of English.

David worked for Oracle, where he led the team of the Learn Cloud as part of the company's Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Suite and was Chief Evangelist of Oracle Cloud Architecture. Koehn also led the analytics efforts and social learning for Saba Cloud. Koehn is currently the SVP of Product Management of D2L and a member of the board for IMS [5], [6], the ed-tech standards body.

Koehn has invested in many startups [7] [8] and founded the incubator, the Batchery [9] [10].

Published Works[edit]

  • Coil, a chapbook of poems
  • Tunic, a letter press chapbook of translations of Catullus
  • Twine, a full length collection of poems[11][12] [13]
  • Compendium, Donald Justice’s thoughts on prosody - edited the book[14][15][16]
  • Scatterplot, a chapbook of poetry[17]

Book Awards[edit]

  • Winner of the 2013 May Sarton Poetry Prize for TWINE.[18]
  • Winner of the 1998 Permafrost Poetry Chapbook Contest, University of Alaska, Fairbanks for COIL


  1. "Batchery".
  2. "LifographTV interview with David Koehn, investor at Sand Hill Angels & Batchery".
  3. Kitchen, Judith. "Da Capo Al Coda".
  4. Benson, Chris. "Breadloaf Rural Teacher Network Magazine" (PDF).
  5. https://www.imsglobal.org/leadership/board-directors
  6. "David Koehn Named to IMS Global Learning Consortium Board of Directors".
  7. Sayers, Justin. "Event connects startups with angel investors". azcentral.
  8. Saha, Sunil. "Perkville Secures Series A funding with participation from Keiretsu Forum, Fifth Era, Sand Hill Angels, and others".
  9. Wilson, Dea. "Founder Institute Partner Lifograph Hosts a Special Event with David Koehn of Sand Hill Angels".
  10. Dinkelspiel, Frances (26 April 2016). "New incubator signals growth in city's tech ecosystem". Berkeleyside.
  11. "Twine reviewed By J.G. McClure". Colorado Review.
  12. "CUTBANK REVIEWS "Twine" by David Koehn". CutBank.
  13. Kitchen, Judith. "De Capo al Coda". The_Georgia_Review.
  14. "On Compendium: A Collection of Thoughts on Prosody by Donald Justice". The Kenyon Review.
  15. Cox, Art. "American writer Donald Justice explores the poetry of others". The Journal.
  16. Dunagan, Patrick James. "A Collection of Thoughts on Prosody by Donald Justice". Galatea Resurrects.
  17. "Poetry Book Review: Scatterplot by David Koehn. Omnidawn, $17.95 trade paper (88p) ISBN 978-1-63243-077-9". PublishersWeekly.com.
  18. "David Koehn Wins May Sarton Poetry Prize". Middlebury. 12 August 2018.

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Online publications[edit]


Essays and Interviews[edit]

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