Short story: Judo by Rasha Abbas, from Strange Horizons, October 2017. Highly Recommended.
Poem: A Message from the Wanderer by William Stafford, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from October 2017.
Essay: The Future of Storytelling by Shonda Rhimes and Cyndi Stivers, listened to on the TEDTalks podcast, from October 2017. Recommended.