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.” 


Two Poems by Carolyn Murphy

How I have to leave

how to finger     after before     you  forget     when do you clean house, pack books into boxes with notes in margins, the coffee cups, Dutch oven for Dad so he what a proper— what    


a beer in jest wonders how long it actually takes machine meat learns the drift sequence project the     absurdity of real    hips of deer that take bananas from your palm         CarolynMurphy lives in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in sPARKLE & bLINK and Samizdat.

MONKS by JoAnna Novak

Alien by Becca Shaw Glaser