Considered one of the most important literary voices to come out of East Los Angeles, Marisela Norte has performed her work throughout California, the US and the UK. Her words can also be found in the anthologies Microphone Fiends, Bordered Sexualities: Bodies on the Verge of a Nation, The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place, Bear Flag Republic, American Studies in a Moment of Danger, Rara Avis, American Quarterly, Rolling Stone’s Women of Rock and most recently in Union Station: 75 Years in the Heart of Los Angeles.
Marisela Norte released a spoken word CD in the early 90's titled Norte/Word and later contributed poems to the spoken word anthologies The Black and Tan Club, Disclosure: Voices of Women and Internal Journal all produced by Harvey Kubernik through New Alliance Records. In 2008 Norte, was awarded The Ben Reitman award from San Diego State University for her collection of prose and short stories titled: Peeping Tom Tom Girl. Norte's work has been featured on MTA TV, as part of the “Out the Window” project, as well as in bus interiors as part of “Poetry In Motion,” and were recently selected among the best transit poems in the world by The Atlantic Monthly.