For four years, Root & Star was published bi-monthly as a children's magazine devoted to emotional intelligence and sharing unique arts and literature with young people and their families. It reached thousands, was mailed internationally, and won a Parents' Choice Gold Award. 


Courtney Mandryk, Editor-in-Chief, has a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in English with Honors from Penn State University, an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, and an MFA in Art (Fiber) from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She received an Ellen Battell Fellowship from Yale University. She was the Assistant to the Director at the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Since those degrees and experiences, she is the mother of two young children and a grown-up stepdaughter. She has written several manuscripts, with literary publications in venues such as The Adirondack Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Cimarron Review, and The Southeast Review. Her visual work has been featured in galleries internationally, with a solo show in Philadelphia. She was the lead designer for Essay Press for two years. Root & Star is an opportunity to connect the visual and the literary while focusing on what has driven her outside of art for over a decade: preserving the sacred space of childhood while inspiring their caregivers to do the same. courtney@rootandstar.com








Christine Hartzler Woodruff, Editor, is a poet, essayist, and editor living with her two small boys and plasma physicist husband in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan. You can read one of her essays here and some of her poetry herechristine@rootandstar.com



J.D. Ho, Production Manager, received an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas in Austin.  hello@rootandstar.com