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ArtsBeat: Dodge Poetry Festival Set to Return to Newark
The festival will include former poets laureate and a tribute to Amiri Baraka.






ArtsBeat: A New Class of American Academy Fellows
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected 204 new members, including Al Pacino and Jules Feiffer.






ArtsBeat: Poetry Profiles: Louisiana State University Press
An interview with MaryKatherine Callaway, the director of LSU Press.






CNN Top Stories

Oldest living things on Earth threatened
Artist Rachel Sussman spent the past decade documenting the world's oldest living things. Working with biologists, she has traveled to deserts and islands, from the Australian Outback to Antarctica, to photograph organisms that are 2,000 years old or older. She has given a TED talk about her project. Her new book of photographs and essays, "The Oldest Living Things in the World," came out on Earth Day, April 22. Follow her on Twitter: @OLTW

Why Common Core tests fail kids
In a few weeks, the New York State Education Department will begin the second round of Common Core tests. Earlier this spring, thousands of students refused to take the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) exams. In New York, as in states across the country, parents are telling administrators that their children will not sit for exams that pressure teachers to teach to the test and drain school budgets.

N. Korea nuke threat aimed at U.S.?
News reports indicate that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear test, potentially scheduled to coincide with President Obama's visit to South Korea this week.