Norris's most recent book, The Virgin of Bennington, chronicles her life before she moved to South Dakota. She describes the internal and external journey of a young artist in trying to find a place for herself amid the cultural tumult of the 1960s and 70s. The book chronicles her relationship with her mentor, Betty Kray. Norris says, "The book that resulted is about me as much as it is about Betty Kray, and I find myself amazed at the tale I've told. It is my life, but it's hard to recognize myself in the nave girl nicknamed The Virgin of Bennington, who emerged from the turbulent sixties with a vocation as a writer.
Norris has been the recipient of grants from the Bush and Guggenheim Foundations. She has twice been in residence at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and has been oblate at a Benedictine Monastery in North Dakota for ten years.