Wu Sheng is the pen name of Wu Shengxiong, who was born in Xizhou, Zhanghua County, in central Taiwan. He graduated from Pingdong Agriculture College in 1971 and has been a biology teacher at Xizhou Junior High School ever since. In addition to teaching, he farms in the fields.
In the 1980s Wu Sheng was a leading nativist poet and he remains best known for his depictions of rural Taiwan. He was invited to attend the International Writing Program at University of Iowa in 1980. To date he has published five books of poetry and four volumes of essays. “Rainy Season,” included below, is written in Hokkien.