Alexander M. Koch is a 12th generation Mainer with a love for history, community, and the natural world. His ancestors come from across Maine and elsewhere, including Washington State, Ontario, New Brunswick, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Italy. He grew up around Maine and has also lived in Oregon, California, and Washington states. He currently resides in Unity, Maine.
As a non-traditional student at Unity College studying Parks & Forest Resources his academic career connects deeply to his love of history and the Maine woods. His plan is to graduate in December 2019 and begin an M.S. in Environmental Studies & Sustainability in January 2020.
Most recently Alexander is the recipient of a National Association for Interpretation student scholarship to the 2019 NAI National Conference in Denver, CO. He is a member of the NAI’s Cultural and Historical Interpretation Section.
He was a recipient of the Maine Campus Compact’s 2019 Heart & Soul Award.
He also won first prize in the 2017 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest for his submission “The Breath and Breadth of the Maine Woods.” He has received numerous honors during his academic career at Unity College including being awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award, the Unity Award, and the Creativity Award at Unity College student conferences.
Alexander serves on the boards of directors for Unity Barn Raisers in Unity, Maine, Timelines Community, Inc., in Thorndike, Maine, and Maine Woods Forever which is a statewide organization based in Oakland, Maine. He also recently served on the Maine Land Conservation Task Force, the Final Report of which can be found here.
His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Avocet, District Lit, the Kerf, little somethings press, Red River Review, and Dovecote Magazine. His photography has been published in Unity Commons, a student publication at Unity College.