Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker whose work is focused on the literature and history of the Northern Rockies. Her books include the road trip, dog book, and memoir, Crossing the Plains with Bruno, the memoir Homestead, the Montana anthology, The Last Best Place, which she edited with William Kittredge, and Big Bluestem about Oklahoma’s tallgrass prairies. She also co-edited with Susan O’Connor the anthology, The Wide Open, Prose, Poems, and Photographs of the Prairie, including photographic portfolios by Lee Friedlander, Lois Conner, and Geoffrey James. And the recently published anthology, HEARTH, A Global Conversation on Community, Identity, and Place, co-edited with Susan O’Connor, including a portfolio of six photographs by Sebastiao Salgado and essays, poems, and stories by thirty-three acclaimed authors from around the world..
Her articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Audubon, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Story, Orion, and elsewhere and have been widely anthologized. Her film credits include being executive producer of the fiction film Heartland, a co-producer of Robert Redford’s adaptation of Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It, and producer of The Real People, a series for public television about Native Americans in the Interior Northwest. Smith is a founding board member of the Sundance Film Institute and the founder of Hellgate Writers, a literary center in Missoula. She has lived in western Montana since 1964.