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 Poemsby Diana Arterian

INSTRUCTION My father and I stand in front of his bathroom mirror He is shaving with his antique kit He stops, looks at me in the mirror His child He says, If anyone ever steals you away poke out the abductor's eyeI can run, I say – No – take your finger and get it into his socket behind the eyethen pull forward     MOTHER OF GOD There was an ivory head of Mary mounted on my father’s wall It looked as if she was emerging She was almost as big as me Each night I lay in bed and imagined her floating through the dark house Eyeless spirit a tail of white trailing behind her



Diana Arterian was born and raised in Arizona. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She holds an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow. Diana is the Managing Editor of Ricochet, a publisher of non-tradition poetry and prose chapbooks. Her own chapbook Death Centos was published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in H_NGM_N, trnsfr, and The Volta, among others.

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