Short story: Alphinland by Margaret Atwood, from Stone Matress: Nine Wicked Tales. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Jim Limber, the Adopted Mullato Son of Jefferson Davis by Shane McRae, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from March 2017. Recommended.
Essay: 3 Ways to Fix a Broken News Industry by Lara Setrakrian, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from February 2017. Highly Recommended.