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.” 


Three Poems by Lindsey Anne Baker

Pidgin In my fantasy you hold my ankle and you want to and I know you do because you hold my ankle and I listen to your favorite song when I’m unhappy which is only when someone says it’s such a shame and you know this when you find me listening to your favorite song Libretto In my fantasy I call you James and after Don Giovanni’s been dragged to hell you hold my coat up behind me and tell me where my arms are Common erotica In my fantasy you're standing at the stove and I come up behind you which is an ordinary fantasy and one you have of me In my fantasy my body isn't busy making cancer none of the other girls have names We don't move and my mouth is on you tongue to fabric first       Lindsey Anne Baker is a writer and editor in Omaha, and the author of Fine Warm Pulse (dancing girl press, 2013).

Marla by Angela Huynh

Fear/Shame/Money/Art/Ambition by Alexis Clements