Mingus Tourette was born and raised in western
Canada, and has been obsessed with writing and
literature from an early age. Since 1999, he has
been published regularly online and is now the
writer / editor of The Daily Mingus,
which is an online serial with a large, fanatical
Tourette is frequently quoted in local print media
on subjects ranging from metrosexuality to the
state of poetry in Canada, and continually participates
in online debates concerning religion, evolution,
and American foreign policy. In 2003, Tourette
garnered media attention while protesting the
invasion of Iraq. He was photographed wearing
a gasmask and an American flag fashioned as a
diaper, which later prompted police to detain
and interrogate him.
Tourette has been labelled a “shiv-wielding,
profanity-hurling church-baiter, but in a good
way” (Edmonton Journal, 2003) for his oft-profane
tongue and for arriving at interviews with a knife
in hand. It is his belief that writers should
be treated like rock stars, and should have the
right to make a living from the written word.
Mingus Tourette still lives in the west where
he is working on his next novel.
He is no longer married and has no children, to
the best of his knowledge.
He signs his name:
Purveyor of Fine Apostasy
Notorious Drunkard, Esquire