Short story: The Nine-Tailed Cat by Michael J. Deluca, from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, from June 2011. Recommended.
Poem: In the Basement of the Goodwill Store by Ted Kooser, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from April 2017. Highly Recommended.
Essay:The Power of Reading by A. L. Kennedy, listened to on the BBC’s A Point of View podcast, from April 2017. Highly Recommended.