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Philly Lit Adult Spelling Bee

  • Johnny Brenda's 1201 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19125 United States (map)

The Philadelphia literary scene may be home to writers and publishers that produce some of the most perspicacious prose and poetry this side of the Delaware. But can these wordsmiths actually spell perspicacious without the help of spellcheck? 

Come to Johnny Brenda's on Friday May 13th to find out as some of the finest literary organizations in Philadelphia duke it out in the grammatically gladiatorial arena we nerds call a Spelling Bee to see which of our favorite Philly publishers will be crowned the Majesties of Orthography. 

Can you spell Tchotchke? Can you spell Dostoyevsky? Let's find out!

The Philly Lit Adult Spelling Bee is a fundraiser fo The Head & The Hand Press, a Philaldelphia small press based in Society Hill. 

The organization crowned as the winner of The Philly Lit Adult Spelling Bee will also win a *cash prize* to go towards growing their organization and continuing their work! 

We'll have Motown grooves late into the night with DJ DuiJi 13, raffle prizes and general merriment. 

If you have a literary team you'd like to sign up, please email

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