At Scholastic, Durya Aziz has been promoted to svp, international education publisher in the international division.

At St. Martin's Press, Yaniv Soha and Sara Goodman have both been promoted to editor.

In the UK, Hodder & Stoughton has promoted Kate Howard to associate publisher.

Former poet laureate of New Jersey, author of numerous books of prose, poetry, and criticism, and political activist Amiri Baraka, 79, died Thursday in Newark. He had been hospitalized in December because of an undisclosed illness but a spokesman for his son's mayoral campaign told the Star-Ledger late last month his condition was improving.