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.” 


the 5th day of october on 10th st by Dani Planer

on your 5th day you gave me fireplace in too warm weather. you gave me face full of makeup so much so that if i were to shave off your eyebrows in the middle of the night there would still be eyebrows underneath & if i were to take the razor from a crayola pencil sharpener out of it’s place & cut along the sides of your face there would be no skeleton underneath. just smeared red lipstick as eye shadow. you gave me last minute 1,2,3 flash, then smile, then ‘fuck we have to retake it’ & tilling soil earthworms who’s ecological purpose was disrupted by vomit. so much vomit that they thought ‘shit, my ecological purpose has been disrupted’ & couldn’t move any longer. you gave john $75 when he played threes for the first time with some hooded individuals he passed in an alleyway while getting his mom a ‘veggie, no pickle, LIGHT mayo, & diet coke’ sandwich from ‘sandwich shop down the street.’ i know this because i met john in line at sandwich shop down the street on your 5th day. you gave augusten & devorah sexual intensity in the form of microwaves & hairdryers shattered on concrete & $300 for emergency therapy visits to dominique in room 207 & 2 lost front teeth from meredith & sarah to an alleyway off auburn ave after hopscotch tournaments. you gave the oceans sea creatures & sinners feet swift to run into mischief. you gave them wrath & you gave them honor for their mothers & fathers.

                                                                                                       - july 2014... smith college, room b307     Dani Planer is currently being raised atl 'hotlanta,' ga.

Professor2 by Szilvia Molnar

Cul-de-Sac by Lucy Tiven