Short story: Bombshells by Jim Butcher, from Dangerous Women (2013), edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Childhood Stories by Matthew Rohrer, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast. Recommended.
Essay: King Den’s Sandal Label, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in a Hundred Objects, from February 2010. Highly Recommended.