Jacq Vogelaar studied Dutch and philosophy. He wrote reviews for Het Parool and de Volkskrant, and literary criticism for De Groene Amsterdammer. Between 1972 and 2009, he was editor with the literary journal Raster. His first book of poetry, Parterre, en van glas, came out in 1965. It was followed by novels, short stories, essays, translations and a children’s book. Among his works are the 1980 novel Alle vlees, the essay collection Over kampliteratuur (2006) and the short story collection Je zit niet alleen in je vel (2010).