Richard Agemo, a native of Illinois, studied in France before attending postgraduate school in Washington, D.C. where he now resides. He writes short stories spanning different genres, novels exploring alternative views of history, and blog posts about Shakespeare focusing on how the canon mirrors real people from the Elizabethan era.

On the banks of the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace at times was called Avon, a short version of Avondunum, an ancient word meaning “fort by the river.” Plays by Shakespeare — the “Sweet Swan of Avon” — were staged at the palace during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and James I. Photo by Brian Brantner.