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Meat City

This site marks the 35th anniversary of Meat City, a self-published, xerox-copied, art and poetry magazine that existed briefly in the bookstores, cafes and galleries in and around Detroit’s Cass Corridor from the mid 1980’s to the early 1990’s.


This site documents a vibrant but often overlooked period in Detroit’s post-modern art history.

The intent of this site is to share that work, from some of Detroit’s emerging artists, photographers, and writers of the time (many as students at Wayne State or CCS) as well as its more established creative community who were willing to contribute.

It is likely that this site represents some of the only existing digital record of many of these images and writings to be put online.

The content on this website has been compiled, scanned, cleaned up, laid out and edited over the course of a year by one of the original editors for a 21st century digital audience.

It is presented here as it was originally printed, imperfections and all. We hope you enjoy.


John Sinclair

RIP John Sinclair

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John Sinclair's passing leaves a profound void in the artistic and literary communities, both in Detroit and beyond. His enduring influence as a beacon of creativity and activism inspired generations…

Hung for Collaboration

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Meat City is proud to present the latest set of forgotten images to be pulled from the archives. "Hung for Collaboration" was a 3-man show at the Willis Gallery in…
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