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.” 


Speaking of Oneness by Dana Inez

I will move to no place with a heroin epidemic. No backstory. Reasons are mostly tedious. We did not realize the full extent to which our actions would lead to some activities that would be unfair to borrowers. Unfair to ourselves. Unfair to borrowers pretending to be ourselves. To juxtapose components of nonlinear noise one must breathe first. One must one first. One must count the pages of our youth first. I respectfully decline the offer. I respectfully decline the offering. Should we scrutinize this first. I will move to no place with a heroin epidemic because it assumes no backstory. It is in and of itself no story at all. Speaking of oneness. Speaking of heroin. I will describe my obsessions. Now that’s a three thousand dollar crystal box with my name on it if there ever was one. If there ever was such a thing. If there could ever be such a thing. This reminds me of the thing I’ve been told all my life: the endorsement of the practice is key to the completion of the letdown. I’m happier when you’re not around. There was no demand for the whale fat but the whales were killed anyway. I think that top’s a little too sexy for my taste.       Dana Inez is a graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems and fiction have appeared in Terminus Magazine, Coconut, Unsaid, The Cortland Review, and once before in Two Serious Ladies. She teaches at Seton Hall University and lives in New Jersey.

Boy (after Jamaica Kincaid) by Cecelia Mayer

Here We Are in a Western by Sarah-Jane de Brito Martin