I-Wei Wu was born in Taiwan in 1978. He received his MA degree in dramatic theory and history at Taipei National University of the Arts in 2006.
His work includes short stories and essays and he has won numerous awards including the United Daily Press Literary Award for Fiction, the China Times Literary Award for Fiction and Essays, the United Literature Monthly Literary Award for Fiction, and the Liberty Times Lin Rungsan literary Award for Short Essays. He has also been awarded a number of writing grants from various institutes such as the National Culture and Arts Foundation and the Council for Cultural Affairs, which is now Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture.
His first collection of short stories The Life of a Guava (2009) was selected as one of the top-ten fiction books at the 2011 Taipei International Book Fair and listed among the Best Taiwanese Fiction at the Frankfurt Book Fair. His first collection of essays: Working Hard: Memories of My Family’s Labor Experiences (2010) won the China Times Book Review’s Book of the Year Award and was selected as one of the top-ten nonfiction books at the 2012 Taipei International Book Fair. He published his new collection of essays, Motorbike Days, in 2014.
He is now a PhD candidate at the Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and regularly reports the latest German literature news for Taiwanese magazines and newspapers.