A Dutch author, poet, and dramatist, he is remembered for Somberman's Actie and other works. He received numerous literary honors, including the Proza award, the Cestoda award, and the Gouden Ganzenveer award.
He co-wrote a play with author and former football player Jan Mulder. Campert went on to act in a touring production of the piece.
He was married three times--to Freddie Rutgers, Fritzi ten Harmsen van der Beek, and Lucia van den Berg-- and also lived with an art gallery owner named Deborah Wolf for over a decade.
He was born in the same year as American poet Adrienne Rich.