Currently, geeking out as Maximum PC‘s Online Features Editor, Amber earned a degree in Creative Writing/English from San Francisco State University in 2003. She clocked four years writing the consumer advocacy column, On Your Side, for PC World and can also be seen in the How-to-Buy video series on where she provides practical advice on how to purchase tech items. She has written for sister publication,, penning the Mobile Pulse blog which focused on mobile and smartphones from an enterprise perspective.

Also a fiction writer, essayist and poet Amber has been a frequent performer at the 16th & Mission open mic for the past five years, Amber has also performed at the Brainwash, Fingersnaps, Cafe Prague (North BeachO), Cafe International (Haight Street), Sacred Grounds, Cafe Royale, Club Deluxe, the Park Branch Library, the now-defunct Canvas Cafe. She has featured at Blue Six, the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, Dalva and the now-defunct Unity Cafe. She has performed at San Francisco City Hall four times – three times for the annual city-wide open mic, Poems Under the Dome and at the 2009 LitQuake LitCrawl. Amber’s poetry/spoken word has appeared in five issues of the 16th & Mission Review. She has helped the group with promotions and events ranging from publicity in SF Weekly, the Guardian and the Onion to assisting with the organization of showcases at Blue Six and Poems Under the Dome.

Currently on the hunt for crafts/DIY projects for her column and working on a poetry chapbook, Amber is also consummate fan of swearing, an organizational freak, yoga practitioner, music geek, caffeine addict, and tattoo enthusiast who enjoys platform shoes, making out, thumb wrestling and fighting the good fight. She owns a bicycle named Gretel, a motor scooter named Elroy and a cat named Simon. She can be found in various virtual locations all over your interwebs.


A writer and editor based out of San Francisco, Amber Bouman works for and also currently writes a DIY column for Broke-Ass Stuart. She has also written for PCWorld, InfoWorld, and Spinning Platters; her poetry has appeared in the 16th & Mission Review and the Altered Barbie commemorative book and she has performed at dozens of venues across the city.