Short story: Good For Nothing by Italo Calvino, from Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories. Recommended.
Poem: Miscegenation by Natasha Trethewey, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from January 2017. Recommended.
Essay: Art Made of the Air that we Breathe by Emily Parson-Lord, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from January 2017.