Issue Seven: Spring 2023

The Bolt is a flash non-fiction magazine published by the SJSU Communication Center Writing Consultants. A special thanks to everyone who had some part in the making of The Bolt. We hope you enjoy it!

Table of Contents

The Jolt

featured writing on the theme of comfort

Comfort Around Nobody by Jeremy Pham

Contradiction in Comfort by Garrett Taufa

Ladybug by Philip Villalobos

Live from my couch, it’s Saturday night! by Abigail Kylberg

A Moment of Relief by Scott Amaro

My Best Friend by Emily Emerson

My Favorite Hobby by Katelyn Yang

My Friends by Alex Du

Play That Song by Stephanie Sotelo

Sick Days by Angelica Ponce

Sopa de Albóndigas by Sarah Prucha

The Main Issue

Adrift by JJ Perez

Alex, remember by Louie Miller

Dead, murdered, gone. It’s fine. by Louie Miller

Deep Breath by mariana valadez

The Disastrous NBA Reddit Link by Shivang Pasi

The Dish That Changed My Life by Christopher Tan

Hide and Seek by William Swenor

Identity by Taadi Henderson

The Lesson by Mark Ivancovich

Mental Health by Danelia Martinez

My England Experience by Stephanie de la Cruz

My First 30-mile Bike Ride by Jesus Rojas Vasquez

Pregnant Paddling by Karma Dias

Reading Black by Briann Byrd

Solace by Samuel Morris

“When I was fourteen … ” by Alyssa Redondo

Young, Dumb, and In Love by Dev Snider-Smith



J.J. Perez

Editorial Team

Emily Emerson

Abigail Kylberg

Submission Judges

Scott Amaro

Kaleb Conti

Emily Emerson

Bianca Fortino

Brent Iwanaga

Brandon Kempf

Abigail Kylberg

Richard Mora

Lance Nguyen

J.J. Perez

Trisha Trinh

Mason Tsang

PR & Marketing

Bianca Fortino

J.J. Perez

Faculty Advisor

Nico Peck, MFA


Special thanks to the Communication Studies Department, the SJSU Communication Center, and especially Roxanne Cnudde, Sarah McGaffey, Nikki Mirza, Beth Naronha, Dr. Andy Wood, Dr. Jennifer Morrison, and Dr. Anne Marie Todd for believing in us and supporting The Bolt Magazine.