When writer and artist Jennifer Anne Moses ’74 relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her whole world changed. “I began to soak up the distinct rhythms, sounds, colors and passions of the place. Louisiana gave me new lenses with which to view both the world and my place in it.” Baton Rouge is the setting for her latest novel, Visiting Hours, which she recently discussed with Llama Notes.
What inspired you to write Visiting Hours?
When our twins, now 19, went to kindergarten, and I suddenly had something akin to free time, I decided it was time to give back, and ended up volunteering at St. Anthony’s Home, a residence for AIDS patients. We were then living in Baton Rouge, and I’d just never seen or encountered poverty - and worse, the spiritual and imaginative poverty - that grinding poverty brings, that Baton Rouge was home to.