Annick Smith


Co-Editor Annick Smith is the author of Homestead, In This We Are Native, Big Bluestem, and Crossing the Plains with Bruno. She produced the prize-winning feature Heartland, and was a founding board member of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Her travel and nature writing, short stories, and essays have appeared in Audubon, Outside, Islands, Travel + Leisure, Orion, The New York Times, Story, and National Geographic Traveler, and have been widely anthologized. In 1989 she was coeditor with William Kittredge of The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology. She was also coeditor with Susan O’Connor of The Wide Open: Prose, Poetry and Photographs of the Prairie. Smith recently received the 2018 Montana Governor’s Art Award. She lives on a homestead ranch in Montana’s Blackfoot River Valley.

Our starting point was the connection between heart and earth embedded in the English word hearth--a place like Pua's volcano or Susan's forest or Annick's meadow with its elk and coyotes and migrating birds: the natural world as home. But that was only a starting point.


Some of my favorite people on earth are in this book,
Dear writers and grand spirits.

Annie Dillard