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Avril Somerville is a writer 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.
Born in the Commonwealth of Dominica, she 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 enjoys life and home with her husband and their three children in a suburb bordering the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Journey Of Life On Purpose: Creativity, Love, Womanhood, Community, Race, and Identity is Avril Somerville’s first book of essays and poetry, available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
Welcome to my 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, it is inspirational, gives us fodder for that next creative pursuit. This conviction leads me to live Life as an Art Form, purposefully and meaningfully, much like an artist selects a particular medium (canvas, paper, clay), or colors on her palette. Each action, each brush stroke, is then a deliberate and conscientious movement, which plays a definitive role in creating the greatest masterpiece. 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 living, writing, and speaking Life as An Art Form, I hope to build a legacy for my family, one to which they can refer time and time again, in their living, and best serve their loved ones as well as the communities they inhabit.
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
Writer | Speaker | Author
#iWriteLife – Prose, Poetry, Life!
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