Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you!
Avril Somerville aka SomerEmpress 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, 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, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
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 Joy when using my gifts of creativity, emotion, and inspiration to encourage, serve, and teach others. Ultimately, these gifts afford a personal transformation that we all crave as we continue along our Life journey.
I believe that to thrive in the creative process, the creative artist must commit to the continuous work of self. The more courageous we are in confronting ourselves, the better we are able to interact with others, whether in our personal lives or as writers developing characters for the greatest American novel yet! This work of self requires an attentiveness and mindfulness about how we enter and occupy the spaces in which we find ourselves at any given moment, and how we use the lessons we amass from those moments. This is the business of living intentionally and artfully; this is the underpinning of living Life As An Art Form. #CandidConversations
Much like an artist selects a particular medium or color on her palette, each act of creating is a deliberate and conscientious movement that plays an important role in shaping the ultimate masterpiece. My forum for this life art is writing. Whether prose or poetry, commentaries or quips, fiction or nonfiction, I believe that we are one human tapestry, and my life’s work is to harness both the resonance and the transcendence of the threads. My prayer is that my Life As An Art Form, exemplified in my written and spoken words, is a reflection and legacy of that commitment, which is steeped in love and service. #iWriteLife
Every woman needs help along the journey:
I am the wife of a most supportive and dynamically gifted soul of a being, who loves me unconditionally, despite myself. He is my helpmeet, my road-dog, bestie, and my biggest cheerleader yet! It seems we’re made for each other, as we’ve been rowing our motorboat for nearly twenty years now! I am also a mother of three–a sixteen year old son and two younger daughters, ages 10 and 7. My heart’s desire is to raise and nurture them with enough love and kindness, that they in turn, impart the same to others. I feel a remarkable (and sometimes heavy) responsibility and pride in being their mom, momma, mommy, or whatever it is they choose to call me at any given moment.
Face it, I can’t possibly be beautiful and kind all the time.
Having a wonderful family is a blessing, but I am nothing without “My Tapestry Of Women,” a sisterhood circle of women ancestors (some biological, others appointed) and living brilliant, kindred-soul women folk that are just as passionate about forging and maintaining authentic relationships with each other. We always do better when we acknowledge our need for each other, and corral the collective energy among us. #InsistOnSisterhood
“Ancestral wisdom adorns my flower beds. I AM capable.” (A. Somerville)
Life As An Art Form is just one of the places of reference for my Life’s work as a writer. I invite you to engage when something resonates with you, or even when you have a question. 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 do welcome your comments, even when we disagree, but remember, “you get more with honey than with vinegar.” :) So welcome to my table where we can share our truths, have #CandidConversations, and make more Life As An Art … together. Welcome!
Avril Somerville aka SomerEmpress
Writer. Speaker. Author.