Rosemary Mahoney (b. January 28, 1961) is an American writer of non-fiction narrative. She is the author of The Early Arrival of Dreams; A Year in China, a New York Times Notable Book in 1990, Whoredom in Kimmage, The World of Irish Women, a New York Times Notable book and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in 1994, A Likely Story: One Summer with Lillian Hellman, The Singular Pilgrim; Travels on Sacred Ground, and Down the Nile; Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff. British writer Jan Morris has listed her 2007 Down the Nile; Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff, as one of the 86 best travel books of all time.
Mahoney was born in Boston. She was awarded the Charles E. Horman Prize for Fiction Writing as an undergraduate at Harvard College, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and is also the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award. She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, National Geographic Traveler, O Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine.