About Avril … About SomerEmpress

Avril Somerville (aka SomerEmpress)

About Avril (aka SomerEmpress)

Avril is a writer. She is also an educator. Avril writes candidly from her varied experiences as a Black woman immigrant, wife, momma, daughter, lifelong learner, and spirit servant. She is the author of A Journey Of Life On PURPOSE, which tackles, through poetry and prose, the intersectionality of creativity, womanhood, sisterhood, race, motherhood, activism, and identity politics. A Journey Of Life On PURPOSE is available on Amazon.

Born in the Commonwealth of Dominica, Avril is a first-generation college graduate of Swarthmore College and Pennsylvania State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and her Masters of Business Administration, respectively. She has also lived in New York City, New Jersey, Virginia, and Chicago. She now lives with her family in Pennsylvania.

In Her Own Words:

I find joy when using my gifts to affirm, encourage, and inspire others. Rendered in love, these gifts have the ability to facilitate personal transformation along our Life journey.

Ancestral wisdom adorns my flower beds. I am more than capable. 

I believe that in order to thrive as a writer, I must engage authentically with others. This requires the ongoing and deep-soul work of confronting my whole entire self (my uncomfortable truths and wiring, my imperfections and my limitations). This is the business of living intentionally and artfully; this is the underpinning of living Life As An Art Form.

My writing celebrates community and love. I know that my words will outlast the years that I am given on this life stage; therefore, I take great pride in my work. Good writing is resonant, timeless, and always relevant. Good writing leaves an indelible imprint. Regardless of the genre or style, good writing is remarkably powerful and ridiculously transformative. Good writing makes intimate the universal and makes understood the seemingly inaccessible. My responsibility as a writer is to harness this power in order to touch readers at a soul-level. My prayer is that my Life As An Art Form, exemplified through language, is both a testament and legacy of my responsibility as a writer.

Having a wonderful family is a blessing, but I am nothing without “My Tapestry of Women,” a sisterhood circle of kindred women  who are just as adamant about our need for each other. We know that we do better when we acknowledge this need and when we corral the collective energy and beauty of us.

This platform is just one of the places of reference for my Life’s work as a writer. I invite you to chime in when something resonates with you, or even if you just have a clarifying question. As you navigate the rest of this blog, I ask that you remain civil and truthful. I welcome your comments, even when we disagree. Welcome to my virtual table where we can share our truths, lives, and love notes. Perhaps we can even occasionally laugh as we push through this life, and together, we might co-create some more Life As An Art. 


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46 thoughts on “About Avril … About SomerEmpress

  1. Every single word you write is a reflection of the kind, generous and loving person that you are. From your personal life to the community work you’ve taken up to create a local/global impact- each action stands as a reference point for goodwill, goodwill and only more goodwill.

    I identify with you in a way that my mother was a practising physician when she decided to quit her practise and work on being a stay at home mom 24/7. She gave bringing me and my brother up prime importance. We are 25 and 19 now but she continues to find meaning in life by helping children out with education and vocational studies.

    I love the idea of having a close knit sisterhood. 🙂 It is something every woman should be a part of. The way a sister (another woman) can understand your joys and sorrows and relate with them, no one can.

    I look forward to reading your posts.
    Lots of warm wishes to you.
    Carpe Diem.


    1. Well, hello! So nice of you to stop by and leave such kind words. This is a rather sweet confirmation, yet again, that I am on the right track. It’s great to hear it from someone who has benefited from having at least one parent home with them, especially from a young woman making a difference! I’d like to believe that much of that urgency to be an agent of change came from the values that your own mother instilled in you from a very young age. I am so encouraged. Thank you! 🙂

      Thanks also for the subscription. I look forward to building the relationship by reciprocating. This is no coincidence too small.

      Have a great day!


    1. Oh wow! What a sweet, pleasant surprise to find this note this morning! Thank you. Just as soon as I end Shift I (breakfast, deploying the children, and appointments), I will return to visit your blog. Bless you!


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