Life As An Art Form

Quips & Commentaries in Prose and Poetry


Avril Somerville (aka SomerEmpress)

Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you!

Avril Somerville (aka SomerEmpress) is a writer. She is also a speaker, educator, and love agent. 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.

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.

In Her Own Words:

I find the most Joy when using my gifts of creativity, emotion, and words to encourage, serve, and inspire 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 artist must commit to the ongoing work of self. The more courageous she is in confronting herself, the better she is able to authentically interact and engage with others. This inner work requires an attentiveness and mindfulness about how she enters and occupies the spaces in which she finds herself at any given moment, and how she uses the lessons she amasses from those moments. This is the business of living intentionally and artfully; this is the underpinning of living Life As An Art Form.

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 medium for this life art is writing. Whether prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction, I believe that good writing is a powerful vehicle for conveying the power of our humanity. My job as a writer is to harness this indomitable strength and connect the threads in ways that are both resonant and transcendent. 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,  steeped in love and service.

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. It seems we’re made for each other, as we’ve been rowing our motorboat for more than twenty years now! I am also a mother of three—a teenage son and two  younger daughters. My heart’s desire is to raise and nurture them with enough love and kindness, so that they will one day impart the same to others. I feel a remarkable sense of responsibility and take great pride in being their mom, momma, mommy, or whatever it is they choose to call me at any given moment.

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 passionate about forging and maintaining authentic relationships with each other. We just do better when we acknowledge our need for each other, when we corral the collective energy and beauty of us.

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

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 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 just ask that you be 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 co-create some more Life As An Art. 


Avril Somerville (aka SomerEmpress)
Writer. Speaker. Author. Love Agent.

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46 thoughts on “About Avril … About SomerEmpress

  1. Sparkyjen says:

    What an inspirational About. I resonate with every line. When you started with “Joy” in the first line, my interest peeked immediately. I keep a necklace with the word Joy on it hanging from my bedpost. That way Joy is at the fore of my day.

    I love life, and feel gratitude with life’s tricks AND treats big and small. How else can we be all we are meant to be with purpose?!

    My journey is even sweeter with people like your inspiring self in it. Super fantastic. Thanks for making my acquaintance…and my day even brighter!

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    1. Likewise, kindred spirit! You made my day. I just might resume blogging again. I really do miss making these connections. Continue. You inspire. Be well. Be.

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  2. I have nominated your blog for the Blogger Recognition Award. Click here for more information:

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    1. SomerEmpress says:

      Thank you woman! I’ve got sooo much to catch up with (bad language with that preposition at the end, but you understand!)

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      1. Of course I understand. There’s no pressure just appreciation. 🙂

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      2. SomerEmpress says:

        I feel the love!

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  3. TheOriginalBlackWoman13 says:

    Great blog! You are a very accomplished woman and a inspiration to me. We have many things in common and I am currently working on following in your footsteps as an author, writer, and educator (I not a great speaker, lol). Keep doin whacha do and I will be stopping by more often.

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    1. SomerEmpress says:

      Well, blessings to you, Lady! Ase. (Not ‘great’ speaker … yet!) when delivering your gifts, the only people that matter are those for which you bring them. ‘Great’ is relative; I am by no means there yet. I appreciate your visit and thoughtful comments. I’m going to stay tuned to your blog as well; you are also an inspiration to others as well, so please DO continue…


  4. Wow! That’s a very impressive bio you got Author,speaker,writer and educator. Is there anything you don’t do?lol You have the beauty to go along with a beautiful mind. That’s always a winning combination. Your husband is a very luck man. And your kids are very blessed to have you as their mother. Well Ms Somerville you seem like a very busy woman. I’m glad I found your wonderful blog. I’ll be dropping by more often. 🙂


  5. Avril, I apologize for being a day late, but I wanted to stop by and wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope your day was full of Love, Happiness and Wonder. Take Care!


    1. SomerEmpress says:

      Aww Lisa, you are so sweet! Thank you, love. Yesterday was beautiful! Wait…yours is in July also, right?

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      1. You’re welcome and I am happy you had a good time. Yeah, mine is on Sunday so I am going to see what my hubby has planned.

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