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Born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, Tremblay received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Clark University, and he received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst' MFA Program for Poets & Writers. His awards include NEA, NEH, Fulbright, Pushcart Prize, Yaddo, and the John F. Stern Distinguished Professor Award.
- The June Rise (Utah State University Press, re-released from Fulcrum Publishing)
- Crying in the Cheap Seats (Umass Press)
- Duhamel: Ideas of Order in Little Canada (BOA Editions Ltd.)
- Rainstorm Over the Alphabet (Lynx House Press, 2001).
- Shooting Script: Door of Fire (Eastern Washington University Press, 2003)