Rolf Schönlau was born in 1950 in Paderborn and studied literature and psychology in Berlin and Munch, after he finished a pharmazeutical practical training. He worked as literary translator, university lecturer for German as a foreign language, published two children’s books and was invited in 2004 to compete for the Ingeborg-Bachmann prize, a reading competition held in Klagenfurt, where a leading critics confirms that he was a „type of an old lace“, while some others consider the screenable subject and figures.

Rolf Schönlau lives in the East Westfalian Schlangen.