Elvira Willems is a German literary translator.
Born in 1961, she studied German Language and Literature and Comparative Studies at the University in Saarbrücken. Her fond love for travelling literature lead to a Master of Arts paper about women travelling in Italy in the 19th century. She has trained as a bookseller and worked in bookshops, libraries and publishing houses before turning to translate English literature in 1996.
After some moving around in Germany she now lives in the north of Germany not far from the Baltic Sea where she translates, tends her garden and does artists books and other artsy stuff (www.atelierzumsee.blogspot.de).