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.” 


Living With Clams by Sarah Edwards

Yesterday, I read a great poem about clams, although evidently, it turned out more to be instructions for cooking them – Linguini with clams, not living with clams like I thought – even though, I want to know, how. I mistake everything for what I want it to be: recipes for poems, poems for instruction manuals, classrooms for cathedrals. Once, even, I saw a man but he turned out to be just a clam. Eventually, all the poems end up sounding alike: written in that same short language of longing. Steep burden, how my heart puns about.       Sarah Edwards has been published in The Hampden-Sydney Review and Leveler Magazine, among others. By day, she edits papers about pathology and pulls weeds. By year, she is moving to Spain. You can visit her at .

Dear Sister by Megan Kaminski

A Sideways Speech by Caroline Kepnes