Doann Houghton-Alico has had an interesting life, which, she was once told, is a Chinese curse. She considers it also a blessing. She has been a public interest environmental lobbyist in Washington, D.C.; a freelance writer; a single parent, and now the loving grandmother of a grandson, who is also a poet, among other talents; a town councilperson; a newspaper editor and publisher; CEO/president of a technical writing company that she started; general contractor for the building of her own home in Telluride, Colorado; a contract editor and indexer of academic books; an author; a public speaker; a traveler, including a trip to China in 1978 before tourist visas to look at the role of women in the Chinese economy; an activist in the early women’s movement; and, of course, a poet. She lives in Mesa Antero, near Salida, Colorado in a home she planned for “aging in place,” far from the sea, but with views of mountains that remind her of the untrammeled places of Earth.
Doann is a prize-winning poet, having won four prizes in the past two years from both the Colorado state poetry society and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Three of those poems are included in Dancing Fish. She has also presented her poetry at Words 2011 and at the Book Haven, both in Salida, Colorado, and as part of a presentation to the Colorado branch of the Explorer’s Club.