Marisela Norte

Spoken-word artist, poet
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The bus is like my studio. You don’t know what you’re going to see. The other day I saw a pair of pink bedroom slippers on the sidewalk. Then a pickup truck went by with green watermelons in the back. Gorgeous. You’re an archaeologist here, finding all these artifacts and wondering how they got there and what they mean. I was in the bar of a Chinese restaurant and someone got up to sing karaoke, and it was the bus driver of the 31! » Norte, 55, was born in East L.A.