A poet since the age of six, Will has published a book of his original poetry entitled Dog Light (Wesleyan University Press) and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. His writing has been honored with the Whiffen Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Margaret Sterling Award, the Tucson/Pima Arts Council Poetry Fellowship and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Award of Merit for Poetry. His poem “The Quiet Power” is the official Dedicatory Poem of the Tucson Main Library.
Will is also an accomplished mask maker and storyteller. His Myths & Masks performance and workshop combines his original mask art, mythopoetic
Will Clipman began playing his father's drums and his mother's piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since mastered a pan-global palette of more than 100 percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drum set. In addition to his multiple accolades, Will has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum for his contributions to the musical community in his hometown. In addition to his solo work, Will performs with R. Carlos Nakai and William Eaton, among many other internationally acclaimed artists. Will's solo CD Pathfinder earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Age Album. His Planet of Percussion® performance and workshop provides a hands-on tour of world music rhythm and polyrhythm.
storytelling and multicultural world music. Will has provided over 200 workshops, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, full-length artist-in-residencies and self-realization events to schools, art galleries, libraries, adult prisons, juvenile detention facilities, senior centers, hospitals, parks and recreation programs, retreat centers and more. His service to the community as an arts educator has been honored with the Arizona Commission on the Arts Decade of Distinguished Service Award and two Governor's Arts Award Nominations. Will holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Arizona.