I wrote a longer post last time, this year I think I'll just hit the major attractions for the University of Houston:
(and hey, maybe some prospective students are already on this blog, considering the PhD...)
Speaking of which, most importantly, there is the dual nature of the PhD/MFA program, where students take classes together.
Houston is also the very rare affordable large city, supporting a wonderful array of reading series, museums, and other weird art events.
Fiction faculty: Robert Boswell, Antonya Nelson, Chitra Divakaruni, Mat Johnson, Alex Parsons.
Poetry faculty: Tony Hoagland, Nick Flynn, Martha Serpas, Ange Mlinko and Kevin Prufer.
Most attractively for some, we do have a history of fellowship success--last year alone including a Ruth Lilly fellow, a Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at Wisconsin, a Parks fellow at Rice, and an NEA literature fellow (we just added seven more of those NEA fellowships this year--two current doctoral candidates and five alumni).
There are many, many good MFA programs out there, and certainly a number of good PhD programs as well. If the above at all encourages your interest in Houston, feel free to check us out at www.uh.edu/cwp or send me an e-mail at jsgottliebmiller (at) gmail (dot) com.
PS. Hope everyone had a happy turkey day.