STANLEY BERNE 1923-2013 Stanley Berne, internationally known poet, essayist, and professor of literature at Eastern New Mexico University was born in Port Richmond, NY. He and his wife, the writer Arlene Zekowski, spent their retirement in Santa Fe after many years of traveling the world. Together they created the neo-narrative literary form and hosted a popular TV series, Future Writing Today at KENW-TV on PBS. Berne's numerous books include The Multiple Modern Gods and Other Stories, The Great American Empire, The New Rubaiyat of Stanley Berne, Every Person's Little Book of Plutonium, and his final book Body & Soul: How Death is Defeated and the World is Made Better, which had its premiere at a book launch party this spring in Santa Fe. Berne was a decorated veteran of WWII, although he believed firmly in the peaceful resolution of conflict after having witnessed the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima as a young soldier. He is survived by his wife Arlene and his many friends and fans all over the world. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Kingston Residence, off Rodeo Road next to Sam's Club.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900