Short story: The Best Man Wins by K. J. Parker, from The Book of Swords, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozios. Highly Recommended.
Poem: Shawl by Albert Goldbarth, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from November 2017. Recommended.
Essay: Hedwig Glass Beaker, listened to on the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects, from June 2010. Recommended.