Zhang Mo (Chang Mo)—mo meaning “silence”—is the pen name of Zhang Dezhong, who was born in Wuwei County, Anhui Province. He attended middle school in Nanjing and during the Sino-Japanese War (1937–45) moved around between his hometown and Nanjing. In spring 1949 he went to Taiwan via Shanghai and joined the navy, in which he served for more than two decades.
Zhang Mo cofounded the Epoch Poetry Society in 1954 with Luo Fu and Ya Xian while they were stationed in Zuoying in southern Taiwan. To date he has published ten books of poetry and four volumes of literary criticism, and has edited numerous poetry anthologies. For nearly half a century Zhang has dedicated himself to the compilation of modern poetry archives, including poetry collections, periodicals, critical studies, and historical documents. He has made a unique contribution to the understanding and study of modern Chinese poetry in Taiwan.