She graduated from Hunter College.
Her memoir, Dulong, was released in 2008 by The University of Wisconsin Press. Born as the love child of a French scholar and a French-American priest in Brussels, Colette Inez spent her early years in a Belgian Catholic orphanage, arriving in America as a pretended orphan at age eight at the start of World World War World War II Her adolescence was spent the foster care of an alcoholic and abusive family in Long Island, New New York Her first book, The Woman Who Loved Worms (1972), was adapted into a dance performance by the Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company.
Five of her poems were used as the lyrics of a song cycle, Miz Inez Sez, featured on Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Delegate Tredici’s album Secret Music (2002): "Alive and Taking Names," "The Happy Child," "Good News! Nilda is Back," and "Chateauneuf du Pape, the Pope"s Valet Speaks" (all from her 1993 collection Getting Under Way: New and Selected Poems), as well as "The Beckoning" (first published in the New Orleans Review in 1999).
She has taught at Bucknell University, Ohio University, Denison University, State University of New York (Stony Brook), Hunter College, University of Tennessee (Knoxville), The New School and started teaching at Columbia University in 1983 starting the Columbia University School of General Studies and subsequently as a lecturer at University"s the Undergraduate Writing Program.
Member Poet's Prize Awards committee, since 1992. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Poetry Society of America (director 1979-1980, Consuelo Ford award 1971, Reedy Memorial award 1972, Kreymborg award 1975), Academy American Poets (associate).
Married Saul Stadtmauer, July 26, 1964.