Gary R. Hess was born in Iola and raised on a small farm in rural Southeast Kansas. After studying at Neosho County Community College and Angelo State University, he worked as a freelance author before travelling across the Eastern Hemisphere. He is an American poet who has been active for more than sixteen years.
Mr. Hess is currently living in the Philippines and working as an ESL instructor and holding workshops on American English.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is simply being able to express myself. I've always been an introvert and haven't expressed my feelings openly in public. However, with writing, I think of it in a much more personal way. I get to express my real thoughts and opinions without hearing negativity (at least not immediately). I like that. I like to be able to sit down, write my peace and then move on.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on another book of poems. This one, though, will be much more geared towards a single topic. In the past it has been difficult for me to stay focused on only one theme--and it still is at times--but I have been trying to be more focused in order to get it done and get it published.
Life in Kansas brings readers to the land of Oz and the home of cornbread, BBQ, and small towns. Gary R. Hess uses his mastery of contemporary poetry to bring you 10 astounding poems written to make you feel like you are in his hometown and on his farm.