Nathaniel Popkin, co-editor Hidden City Daily, is a journalist, author, film writer, historian, and critic. Since 2002, with the publication of his first book, Song of the City: An Intimate History of the American Urban Landscape (Four Walls Eight Windows-Basic Books), he has been a distinctive urbanist voice in the conversation about Philadelphia’s future and a careful observer of the city in the context of American life. According to Tom Sugrue, historian of the University of Pennsylvania, Popkin is “a visionary with two feet on the ground, a poet who finds verse in the everyday.”
A long time contributor to the Philadelphia City Paper, in 2011-12, Popkin was the guest architecture critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also the senior writer of the documentary film series “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment,” a multi-part, mixed-medium project broadcast locally on Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate station.
Popkin writes a weekly column on books and literature for Art Attack on Philly.com. He contributes to The Smart Set web magazine, the Pennsylvania Gazette, Cleaver, and Flash Fiction Italia. His first novel will be published in November.
Peter Woodall, Co-editor, Hidden City Daily, is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for PhiladelphiaWeekly.com. His freelance work has been published in the Cairo Times, San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia City Paper.
As Hidden City’s Site and Community Relations Director, Peter finds and partners with sites for the 2013 Hidden City Festival. He has been taking pictures of Philadelphia’s architectural and industrial heritage since 1995. His work can be seen here on flickr
Bradley Maule, Co-editor, Hidden City Daily is a native of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, a four hour ride from 30th Street Station on Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian. He lived in Philadelphia from 2000–09, during which time he created and operated Philly Skyline. After three and a half years in Portland, he’s back, bearing brotherly love.
Meredith Broussard, Contributing Editor, has written for Harper’s, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Slate.com, The Chicago Reader, The Philadelphia City Paper, and Philadelphia magazine. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Meredith holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University. More of her work can be seen at meredithbroussard.com.
Stephen Currall, Editorial Intern, recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.
Thaddeus Squire, Founder and Creative Director of Hidden City Philadelphia, is publisher of the Hidden City Daily. He has been hailed as a “visionary” voice in the contemporary arts by David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a curator, consultant, writer, and producer. His diverse background in history and the performing arts has led him to a range of interests from contemporary curatorial practice, to new business and entrepreneurial models for cultural organizations.
From 2000 to 2004, Thaddeus was artistic and executive director of the contemporary music organization Relâche in Philadelphia, during which time he rebuilt the artistic profile of the twenty-year-old company. In 2005, he founded Peregrine Arts, which served the fine and performing arts, and heritage fields with integrated creative, management, production, and marketing support. Hidden City Philadelphia was incubated and its inaugural festival in 2009 produced under the aegis of Peregrine.
Thaddeus was subsequently the recipient of Philadelphia City Paper’s “Big Vision Issue Choice Awards ‘09” for his work as originator and producer of Hidden City, and he was recently featured on WHYY’s “This I Believe” talking about the origins of the festival concept. In 2010, he converted Peregrine Arts’ nonprofit organization into Hidden City Philadelphia under a new and expanded mission to continue the festival and undertake ongoing programs. He is also the Founder & Managing Director of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, a separate nonprofit service company, which provides management and administrative support to Hidden City and other diverse cultural organizations in the Philadelphia region. He teaches and publishes regularly and is a member of the Rittenhouse Club, The Musical Fund Society, and the Franklin Inn Club.