Gary R. Hess (1984-) was born in a small town in Southeast Kansas and grew up on a family farm nearby. He first found interest in writing poetry at the age of 14 as an escape from daily life and talk about subjects he found difficult to discuss with his peers. He created his first website at the age of 17 and later founded a successful website for poets around the world to share their writings freely without harsh criticism. After Community College, he moved to Texas to continue his studies.

In 2010 Hess spent time visiting Australia and settled in the Philippines in 2011. He is now a Certified TESOL instructor for Japanese, Koreans, and Taiwanese students in Bacolod City where he lives with his wife.

Hess is currently the owner and head writer for Bright Dreams Journal.