Short story: Herman Melville: Volume I by Victor Lodato, from the New York, March 2017. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Flatirons by David Yezzi, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from March 2017. Recommended.
Essay: The Racial Politics of Time by Brittany Cooper, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from February 2017. Recommended.