About Avril (aka SomerEmpress)
Avril is a writer who writes candidly from her varied experiences as a Black woman immigrant wife momma daughter lifelong learner and spirit servant. (She occasionally breaks from convention as she sees fit, hence the lack of commas in the previous sentence.” Avril 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 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.
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 me, therefore, I take great pride in my work. Good writing is resonant, timeless, and always relevant. Good writing leaves an indelible imprint. Regardless of 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 then is to harness this power in order to touch readers at a deep soul-level. My prayer is that this space, Life As An Art Form, serves as both testament and legacy of my responsibility as a writer.
What fuels me, you ask? Having a wonderful family is a blessing, but I am nothing without “My Tapestry of Women,” my sisterhood circle of kindred spirits with mutual love, tenderness, and adoration for one another. We know that we are better when we acknowledge our need for one another and corral the collective energy and beauty of us.
Life As An Art Form is my corner of the virtual Universe. It is just one of the references for my Life’s work and calling 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, love notes, breakdowns and breakthroughs . Perhaps we can even occasionally laugh as we row our virtual life boats; perhaps together we can create some more Life As An Art.
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46 thoughts on “About Avril … About SomerEmpress”
I will read this shortly and I will gladly oblige! Blessed morning to you.
Happy New Year to you. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. And thank you for keep following my blog. I hope my posts do not disappoint. My subscription went messed up, so now I am resubscribing, looking forward to reading more of yours! 🙂
Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you. 🙂
Good morning, my friend. 🙂 Happy New Year to you also, Subhan. You are most welcome! I enjoy your posts quite a bit, actually. They challenge my awareness. Thank you.
Thank you, Somer. I am both flattered and overjoyed. Many blessings and much love to you.. 🙂
I have always felt blessed to have you as a friend and I have had the opportunity to read a blog or two in the past. Nonetheless, I want to commend you on your genuine heart and uplifiting writing.
You have always been an excellent writer but the depth of which I had not realized until I read your About me section and your blog posts.
Please continue to enlighten our hearts and minds,
Wow! Thanks for the visit, Darlene, and for always being a constant support. 🙂