In 1981 she began to publish her poems. Poem cycles by her hand are 'Women', which was followed by such sequences as 'Jing'an Village', 'Life in This World', and 'The Designs of Death'. Her poetry collections include Women, Above All the Roses, Collected Poems of Zhai Yongming and Plain Songs in the Dark Night. She has been invited to international conferences and poetry festivals in several countries in Europe, and has lived in the United States from 1990-1992.
- Chinese Writers on Writing featuring Zhai Yongming. Ed. Arthur Sze. (Trinity University Press, 2010).