Tommy Vollman is a writer, musician, and painter. For many years, he was a baseball player. His stories and nonfiction have appeared in The Southwest Review, Two Cities Review, Hobart, The Southeast Review, Palaver, and Per Contra. He's working on a short story collection and has a new record, Hope. He teaches English at Milwaukee Area Technical College and prefers to write with pens poached from hotel room cleaning carts.
I was six when I recognized my dad’s handwriting on a note that lay waiting for me and my brother Christmas morning. The note thanked us for the milk and cookies and was unmistakably signed: Santa Claus.