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Katz, Steven B.

Katz, Steven B.

Emeritus Faculty - English


Ph.D. Communication & Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.A. English, University of Rhode Island; B.A. English, Michigan State University


Research Interests
Steven B. Katz’s scholarly interests range from ethics in technical communication to the nexus of rhetoric, poetry, and science. His research foci include rhetorical analyses of: ideologies of new technologies; conventions and ethics of styles in biotech and medical communication with the public; and the materialities and uses of language in different forms of writing, in religion, and in electronic media.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

9/11: Terministic Screens, Rhetoric, and Event. (with Emily Ligon, RCID student). Parlor Press. Advance contract.

Writing in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse. 3rd Edition. (with Ann Penrose) NY: Allyn and Bacon Series in Technical Communication (Addison Wesley Longman), 2010.

Instructor’s Manual for Writing in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse (with Ann Penrose). 3rd Edition. NY: Allyn and Bacon Series in Technical Communication (Addison Wesley Longman), 2010

Nana! (poems) Raleigh, NC: Moses, Ink, 2005.

The Epistemic Music of Rhetoric: Toward the Temporal Dimension of Affect in Reader Response and Writing. Southern Illinois University Press, 1996.

Books (In Production or Under Contract)

Plato's Nightmare. Parlor Press. Forthcoming.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Beyond Ethical Frames of Technical Relations: Digital Being in the Workplace World” (with Vicki W. Rhodes). In Digital Literacy for Technical Communication: 21st Century Theory and Practice, Rachel Spilka, ed. London: Routledge, 2010, 230-256

“The ‘Place’ of Rhetoric in Aggadic Midrash” (with David Metzger). College English 72: 6 (July 2010): 638- 653.

“Beyond Ethical Frames of Technical Relations: Digital Being in the Workplace World” (with Vicki W. Rhodes, MAPC graduate). Invited practitioner and peer-reviewed anthology submission for Digital Literacy for Technical Communication: 21st Century Theory and Practice. Rachel Spilka, ed. London: Routledge, 2010: 230-256.

“The Hebrew Bible as Another, Jewish Sophistic: A Genesis of Absence and Desire in Ancient Rhetoric.” In Ancient Non-Greek Rhetorics. Carol Lipson and Roberta Binkley, Eds. Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition, edited by Patricia Sullivan and Catherine Hobbs. Lafayette, Indiana: Parlor Press, 2009: 125-150

“Biotechnology and Global Miscommunication with the Public: Rhetorical Assumptions, Stylistic Acts, Ethical Implications.” In Connecting People with Technology: Issues in Professional Communication. Helen Grady and George Hayhoe, Eds. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publications, 2009: 167-175

“Composing Identity in Cyberspace: A ‘Rhetorical Ethnography’ of Writing on Jewish Discussion Lists in Germany and the United States” (with Michal Anne Moskow). In Judaic Perspectives on Composition. Andrea Greenbaum and Deborah H. Holdstein, Eds.  Creskill, N.J: Hampton Press, 2008: 85-108

“Rhetorical Assumptions, Rhetorical Risks: Communication Models in Genetic Counseling” (with Michelle R. Mebust). In Rhetoric of Healthcare: Essays Toward a New Disciplinary Inquiry. Barbara Heifferon and Stuart Brown, Eds. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press (2007): 91-114

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“Scripting the Void: When the Rhetoric of Letters Replaces Ontology in Classical Midrash” (with David Metzger). College English. In press

Poetry (Published)

“The Languages of Leaves.” European Judaism 42.1 Leo Baeck College, London, England  (Spring 2009): 185-86.

“Last Amen” (haiku). Published on back jacket of Songs of Ascent (CD) by Ellen M Wilson. Produced by Scott Leader. Copyright © 2008 Ellen M.Wilson.

“Nothing Only Stays,” “Signs in Heraklion (Crete),” and “Placebo.” Pembroke Magazine 40 (2008): 353-355

“Beyond Yeats’ Grave” (with photos).  South Carolina Review 40:2 (Spring 2008): 64-65

“Astronautical.’ Republished in Dwarf Stars 2007 (anthology of the best speculative poems of ten lines or less from 2006 _Star*Line_). Deborah P Kolodji and Stephen Wilson, Eds. Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2007: 9

“Meditation on Noseums.” Pembroke Magazine 38 (2006): 295-96

“Astronautical.” Star*Line. Science Fiction Poetry Association (March/April 2006): 18

“Birkenau.” European Judaism Leo Baeck College, London, England 50:1 (Spring 2005): 149

“Julius the Prophet,” and “Runner in the Dark.” Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora 6:1 (Spring/Summer 2005): 160-164

“My Mother, the Prune Pit.”  Pembroke Magazine 37 (2005): 173

“RE: The Death of an Unknown Advisee.” Americana 6: 15 [North Carolina State University] (2005)

“Love-Nest” (with Emmanuel Lipscomb). Americana 6: 12 [North Carolina State University] (2005)

Poetry (Forthcoming)

“Ode to the RSA.”  Pre/Text. Forthcoming.

“The Human Genome.” European Judaism (Leo Baeck College, London). Forthcoming

“Halibut Pt.” The Sound of Poets Cooking—An Anthology.  Richard Krawiec, Ed. Forthcoming

“Rebecca in the Modern World.” European Judaism. Leo Baeck College, London, England: Forthcoming

“The Hired Man.” POEtry … without apologies (anthology of science fiction poetry). California: Forthcoming

Creative Works (Published)

“Ode 2 the Rhetoric Society of America.” _Pre/Text_ 20.1-4 (2010): 247-260

“Rebecca in the Modern World” and “The Human Genome.”European Judaism (Leo Baeck College, London).Volume 43, Number 2, Autumn 2010: 153-55

“Halibut Pt.” The Sound of Poets Cooking—An Anthology. Richard Krawiec, Ed.  Durham, NC: Jacar Press, 2010: 134 

Creative Works (In Production)

“To Greta Garbo: On Her Hundredth Birthday.” European Judaism (Leo Baeck College, London). Forthcoming

“The Hired Man.” Invited by Stephen M. Wilson to write and submit a pastiche of a classic English-language poem for POEtry … without apologies (the anthology), a collection of science fiction poems to be published by his new small press in California. Forthcoming

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

Roundtable Chair and presenter. “Rhetoric, Technology, and the Experience of Ethics.” Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 30, 2010 

Invited Speaker. Three-hour lecture in combined information sciences class that deals with research methods related to Holocaust and genocide, and poetry reading, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus, St. Paul MN, June 1