Rosemary Mahoney (born January 28, 1961 Boston, Massachusetts) is an American non-fiction writer.
She grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, and graduated from St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire), Harvard College (1983), and Johns Hopkins University (1985). She worked briefly for Lillian Hellman.Mahoney has been awarded numerous awards for her writing, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers Award, a nomination for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and Harvard's Charles E. Horman Prize for writing. She is the author of six books of non-fiction: The Early Arrival of Dreams: A Year in China, a New York Times Notable Book; Whoredom in Kimmage: The World of Irish Women, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; A Likely Story: One Summer with Lillian Hellman; The Singular Pilgrim: Travels on Sacred Ground; Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, and For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.
Her travelogue, Down the Nile; Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff, was among the National Book Critics' Circle's Best Books of 2007 and was selected by writer Jan Morris for Conde Nast Traveller’s list of the 86 best travel books of all time. Mahoney's For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind, is based on her experiences teaching at the Braille Without Borders schools for the blind in both Lhasa, Tibet and Kerala, India.
Mahoney has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Observer, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic Traveler, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times Magazine.
She has attended Yaddo.