Colletet was born and died in Paris. He had a great reputation among his contemporaries and enjoyed the patronage of several important people, including Cardinal Richelieu, which whom he sometimes collaborated and who once gave him 600 livres for six verses.
Colletet married, in succession, three female servants, one of whom, Claudine Le Nain, he attempted to pass of as a poet in her own right, himself composing works which she then signed. When he realised he was dying, he produced a poem stating that she was giving up poetry following her husband's death; but no one was fooled. Jean de La Fontaine wrote an epigram on the subject.