The Washington Post is proud to partner with the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital around two events focusing on music and poetry. District Sounds, a new concert series curated by Chris Richards, pop music critic for The Washington Post, kicks off on Friday, February 21 at 7 p.m. with Cigarette (Indie Dream-Pop.) Each concert begins with a 30 minute discussion by Richards with the musicians, followed by the concert.

The District Sounds series will continue with:

Kris Funn, Jazz Bassist- Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

Carolyn Malachi, Grammy-nominated artist who combines jazz, hip-hop, spoken word and lots of imagination- Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m.

Redline Graffiti, Electronica and R&B- Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m.

Additionally, The Post is also proud to partner with the Hill Center and the Literature Center at the  Library of Congress to present “The Life of a Poet.” The series is moderated by Ron Charles, Deputy Editor of Book World for The Washington Post. The series kicked off with Carl Phillips, author of 12 collections of poetry including Double Shadow, winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Events are free to attend but reservations are required. Registration is available here.

The Life of a Poet series continues with:

Edward Hirsch, author of eight poetry collections as well as How to Read a Poem: and Fall in Love with Poetry and Poet's Choice, which collects two years' worth of his weekly essay-letters running in the Washington Post Book World. Wednesday, April 16th at 7 p.m.

Mary Szybist, the most recent winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, for Incarnadine. Wednesday, September 17th at 7 p.m.

August Kleinzahler, author of eleven books of poems, including the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award winner Sleeping it Off in Rapid City. Wednesday, November 4th at 7 p.m.