Two Serious Ladies is a small online magazine to promote writing and art by women.

The magazine was created in 2012 by Lauren Spohrer, who regrets how slowly she responds to submissions.

It’s named for the 1943 short novel by Jane Bowles. The novel contains the line:

“I wanted to be a religious leader when I was young and now I just reside in my house and try not to be too unhappy.” 


Dear Sister by Megan Kaminski

This shouldn’t be so difficult—your side of the ocean no colder than mine and coasts are often rocky and lined with stinking fish and seaweed. I read your letter again last night when the colder air rolled over hills. Each line a new complaint about collapsing cupboards and sulky cats. The neighbor is painting his house; white boards sopped of gray and each morning a different man on a ladder smiling down to sidewalk. The trees are still today and everything is quieter. Voices do not carry through closed windows and only rumbles from old cars remind me that I am not alone here in the brick house far from the road. The tea warms me a bit too much and the tray for letters on the desk still empty, waiting for you to get out of bed and compose a reply.   Megan Kaminski is the author of one book of poetry, Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012), and six chapbooks of poetry, most recently This Place (Dusie, 2013) and Gemology (LRL Textile Series, 2012). She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Kansas and curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence. You can visit her at:

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