Avril Somerville

Writer, Speaker, and Author in Pennsylvania

Avril Somerville

Writer, Speaker, and Author in Pennsylvania

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Hi there! I'm Avril Somerville. I am a writer and the proud owner of SomerEmpress Publishing, Inc, an independent micro-press.

My first book, A Journey Of Life On Purpose, is a book of personal essays and poetry, which tackles the intersectionality of identity, creativity, spirituality, and community. It is but one woman's account of the beauty as well as the personal challenges of a life lived intentionally as a creative.

There is always room for your story. In writing mine, it is my hope that I've made room for others. Unleashing yet another narrative is powerful and can be deeply liberating. I desperately want others to experience this same freedom. I am committed to transforming lives through the creative process, and am most interested in how people show up ON purpose at the intersections of their creative and spiritual gifts and identity. Your journey matters too!

I've spoken in a diversity of settings, from public school to Fortune 500 companies. Through #CandidConversations and #TransformativeTalk, I help others experience breakthroughs that help them to arrive at the crystallization and urgency of their creative gifts.

I was born in the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean, and migrated to Brooklyn, New York at the age of ten. I now reside just outside the City of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

I am also a wife, and the momma of three lovely souls. I am blessed.

Some random tidbits about me:

1. I do not wish to be buried, but rather, prefer my ashes to be spread over the Caribbean Sea. I wish to remain a free spirit, both in the "here" and the "after"!

2. I relish a good book and oftentimes a great film. I am a fan of the unpredictable and mind-blowing. I respect the combination of truth and civility.

3. I love mornings and new sunrises and moon sightings.

4. I wonder ... often.

Swarthmore College, BA, English Literature

Penn State University MBA, Business Admin.

Writer. Woman. Powerful. I Am.

Favorite Artists: Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Sue Monk Kidd, Edwidge Danticat, Paule Marshall, Isabel Allende, Andrea Levy, asha bandele, Bebe Moore Campbell, Elizabeth Alexander, Kahlil Gibran, Lauryn Hill, Ben Harper, Audre Lorde, Elizabeth Nuñez, Jamaica Kincaid, Richard Wright, Junot Diaz, Alice Munro, Alice Walker

Welcome to My Journey Of Life On Purpose!


  • Work
    • SomerEmpress Publishing
  • Education
    • Swarthmore College