Short story: A Canary for One by Ernest Hemingway, from Short Story Collection. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Jackfruit by Xuan Huong, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from July 2017. Recommended.
Essay: The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from June 2017. Highly Recommended.