School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

James Autry’s new book wins major praise

Posted on: September 16th, 2015 by ewrobins

A new book of verse, “On Paying Attention,” by James Autry, has won major praise on the blog of noted national journalist Bill Moyers. Read the blog at and watch the interview below.

Autry, a Memphis native who resides in Des Moines, Iowa, is an Ole Miss graduate in Journalism. He is a businessman, lecturer and management consultant in addition to poet. In Des Moines, he served as president of the Meredith Corporation Magazine Group, publisher of  Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Successful Farming. Meredith provided the initial grant to create the Magazine Innovation Center. It is now in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and has been headed for 31 years by Dr. Samir Husni.

The Meek School also has an Autry Scholarship Endowment and Autry has been named a Distinguished Alumnus and elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame of the University of Mississippi.