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Avril Somerville is a writer, speaker, and educator. She writes candidly from her varied experiences as immigrant, wife, mother, daughter, life student, and spirit servant among her intimate circles of family, friends, extended networks, and community. She is the author of A Journey Of Life On PURPOSE, which tackles, through poetry and essays, the intersectionality of creativity, womanhood, sisterhood, race, motherhood, activism, and identity politics. A Journey Of Life On PURPOSE is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book formats. Autographed copies can be ordered here.
Born in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Avril is a first-generation college graduate of Swarthmore College and Pennsylvania State University where she received her Masters of Business Administration. In addition to the Caribbean, Avril has lived in New York City, New Jersey, Virginia, and Chicago. She now makes a happy home with her husband and their three children just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Welcome to her blog home!
A Little More About Me:
I find the most fulfillment when using my gifts at the intersection of marriage, motherhood, and sister-keeper to many other women in this Universe. I am the mother of three remarkable souls (a beautiful and loyal teenage son, and two compassionate and younger daughters). My heart’s desire is to raise them well, by pouring into them love, kindness, and affirming words. Their voices make all the difference in my day, and their smiles are pure delight to those in need of a personal touch or connection. I take great pride in loving them, and feel honored to be their mom, momma, mommy, or whatever it is they choose to call me at any given moment.
Another secret to my Joy is personal connection. My dear husband who loves me despite myself, is my helpmeet, my road-dog and bestie, my biggest cheerleader yet! Seems we’re made for each other, as we’ve been rowing our motorboat for nearly twenty years now.
Apart from having a wonderful partner, I also insist strongly on sisterhood–a circle of brilliant, kindred-soul women folk that are just as passionate about forging and maintaining authentic relationships with one another as I am, though we may or may not belong to a lettered sorority.
I believe that the creative process has to do largely with how one lives, and the awareness of a connection to something greater, something outside ourselves. Tapping into that connection is not only grounding, but gives us the inspiration we might need for that next creative pursuit. This conviction leads me to live Life As An Art Form, intentionally and explicitly, much like an artist selects a particular medium or color on her palette. Each action is a deliberate and conscientious movement, which plays an important role in creating the masterpiece at hand. My forum for this life art is writing; whether it is prose, poetry, commentaries or quips (some of which you’ll find here), fiction, or motivational self-discovery material that I believe connects us into one human tapestry. In writing and speaking Life As An Art Form, I hope to build a legacy that reflects a commitment to love and service.
Life As An Art Form is just one of the places of reference for my Life’s work as a writer. It is a space that I invite you to respond, reaffirm, reject – albeit respectfully – to something that resonates with you. As you navigate the pages and posts of this blog, I ask that you be mindful of the language and integrity of what’s written here. I welcome your comments – the good and the bad, but not-too-ugly. :) Civility rules! Let us dialogue together, and elevate the discussion, one post at a time, one comment at a time. Welcome! Let’s break bread, shall we?
Avril Somerville aka SomerEmpress
Author & Speaker