Matt Kelley was a much-loved instructor at the Sweetland Center for Writing and the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. He died suddenly, at age 41, in February 2011, leaving behind a wife and four year-old son.

On Friday, April 22, 2011, from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM in 2435 North Quad, students will read from one of Matt’s favorite books, The Dharma Bums, to raise money for Matt’s family. Their marathon reading will be broadcast live on this site.

Each student must raise at least $150 to earn a reading slot. The student who raises the most money will receive a framed photograph taken by Matt.

For more information, including how to donate, please visit