Marcia Wall

May 18, 2017
Alex Villafuerte

Marcia Wall, Pride Copy Editor
She / Her / Hers

“I’m a Virgo and I’m big on order and organization, so of course being a copy editor is what I like.”

Born in Texas and raised in San Diego, Marcia has a BA in Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and an MA in English and Writing from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Marcia has taught English, literature, and writing at colleges and universities. She has also worked as an employment specialist, a photographer, a writer, and a stand-up comedian.

What does a Copy Editor do?
“As the Pride Copy Editor, my job is really cool because I get to work remotely from my home or wherever I’m traveling to.” As the Pride Copy Editor, Marcia volunteers in the Communication / Marketing department and is a proofreader for Pride. “I’m an extra set of eyes on all Pride’s documents and text.” “Marcia reviews everything” said Alex Villafuerte, the Communications and Marketing Manager: every Pride article, press release, post card, poster, the website, email e-blasts, everything.

Why do you volunteer with San Diego LGBT Pride?
Marcia has been volunteering with Pride off and on for the past 20 years. She’s volunteered with Pride in the Volunteer Village, at Volunteer Check-in, at the Children’s Garden, and with the Art of Pride group. “Pride gives me the opportunity to invest in my community. And being a copy editor for Pride allows me to volunteer to my strength.”

What are you reading right now?
“I’m actually listening to podcasts of ‘A Way with Words’, a National Public Radio (NPR) program produced in San Diego.” ‘A Way with Words’ is about language examined through history, culture and family. “I’m a nut for etymology – the study of word origins, and this show is fascinating, fun, and enjoyable.”

What’s the last movie you saw (DVD or in the theatre)?
The last movie I saw in the theatre was Moonlight. I thought it was a very contemplative study in both beauty and pain.

Coffee or tea?
Tea. Anything herbal.

What are you listening to right now?
“I’m kind of old school in that I don’t really listen to music on an iPod, but I have a great collection of New Orleans Brass Band and ukulele CDs. Also Prince, anything and everything by Prince.

What should people know about you?
“Well, Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, is my fifth cousin twice removed. I’m also into photography, art, travel and family history research / genealogy.”

When you aren’t volunteering with Pride, where might you be found?
“Volunteering somewhere else. I volunteer at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, as a photographer with the San Diego River Foundation, and in my Tierrasanta community helping out with their Concerts in the Park program.”

What advice do you have for someone coming to Pride?
“Stay hydrated – it’s July after all and the sun can sneak up on you. Pace yourself – it’s a two-day music festival – take it easy and enjoy both two days. Be open to new experiences at Pride, meeting new people, hearing new music, and trying new things.”

What are you looking forward to for Pride 2017?
“Of course the entertainment. San Diego Pride always has such an exciting line-up on the three different stages. I also like to find a spot to hang out and people watch at the festival as the world passes by me. I love seeing the diversity of people celebrating pride and being themselves.”


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