Short story: The Freeze-Dried Groom by Margaret Atwood, from Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Ever After by Joyce Sutphen, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from March 2017. Recommended.
Essay: What I Learned from 2,000 Obituaries by Lux Narayan, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from March 2017. Highly Recommended.