Mark Colety

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The Prodigal Ones


Set in California during The first Gulf War, this novel follows the toxic misadventures of Eliot James from a college campus in San Jose to the streets of Chicago as he wavers between self-realization and self-destruction on his journey to become a professional jazz musician.


Lost in a world of moral ambiguity and spiritual disenchantment Eliot struggles not to lose his sanity or his soul to the inexhaustible carousing of his reckless friends.


Torn between two loves and two lives, Eliot is faced with trust and betrayal, fate and chance, new passions and disappearing dreams.


Read the controversial novel people are calling an exciting mix between Fear & Loathing and Generation X

Other Published Works


This is not about jealousy, though

Licton Springs Review, Volume 14, 2005

Not the Jigsaw, Man

Licton Springs Review, Volume 14, 2005

Watching Hamlet

Santa Clara Review, Volume 81, Number 1, Fall 1993

I Never Sucked

Santa Clara Review, Volume 81, Number 1, Fall 1993

Shades of Blue

Santa Clara Review, Volume 81, Number 1, Fall 1993


Santa Clara Review, Volume 81, Number 1, Fall 1993

St. Agnes

Santa Clara Review, Volume 80, Number 3, Spring 1993

Notable Articles

Census 2000: Asian or Pacific Islander? New Census Seeks Specifics on Race.

Northwest Asian Weekly, March 6 1998

This article by Mark Colety was cited in Catherine R. Squires’ book, Dispatches from the Color Line, published in hardback by New York State University Press, July 2007

Mona Lee Locke: Washington’s first lady

Northwest Asian Weekly, December 20 1997

Interview with the Governor Gary Locke’s wife, shortly after she became a mother

Bravery of a local war hero is remembered by many

Northwest Asian Weekly, November 8 1997

Colety interviewed family members and wrote this article on congressional Medal of Honor recipient Captain Jose Calugas just months before his death

Seattle’s Mimi Gates: at home with Asian Art

Northwest Asian Weekly, April 8 1998

Interview with Mimi Gates (Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ mother) four years after she became director of the Seattle Art Museum

Art/Theatre/Film Reviews


In through the out door: ‘Exit the Dragon’ storms into Seattle

Northwest Asian Weekly, October 11 1997

Review of Michael Zee’s play. It was promoted by his wife, celebrity, actress and producer Ming Na Wen (Joy Luck Club) on opening night in downtown Seattle.

‘Gold Watch’ recalls hard times at home for Japanese Americans

Northwest Asian Weekly, May 16 1998

Review of Momoko Iko’s play


All aboard: Take a ride on the ‘Survival System Train’

Northwest Asian Weekly, November 18 1997

Review of Japanese industrial artist Kenji Yanobe’s exhibit. Mr. Yanobe had art shows throughout the world and his work was on display at the grounds of the World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan.


Seattle International Film Festival: The reels are rolling

Northwest Asian Weekly, June 6 1998

One of Mark’s last assignments as a journalist was covering the SIFF in 1998.